Early Monday, the Pittsburgh Penguins taunted the Washington Capitals about their lack of Stanley Cup banners. Later in the evening, the Hockey Gods would strike back.
Goaltender Matt Murray was forced to leave the game after being high sticked in the head by Evgeni Malkin – his own teammate.
Thursday night in Pittsburgh, Capitals forward Justin Williams face-tackled Evgeni Malkin to the ice after the Russian superstar whacked goaltender Braden Holtby.
“It was like a different sport,” Malkin said of the hit, comparing Williams’ takedown to a wrestling or MMA move. “I’m OK. It was nothing bad.”
Well judging from this (very unreal) play-by-play I just unearthed by former WWE announcer Jim Ross, Williams’ takedown had malice and the resulting melee was one hell of a slobberknocker. Think of Evgeni’s family, Justin.
Last night, the Washington Capitals fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. One of the most electric moments of the night was watching Justin Williams drag Evgeni Malkin to the ice by his neck.
Apparently, this should not be much of a surprise since the two have quite the history.
This season, Alex Ovechkin’s first game in Pittsburgh won’t be in a Capitals uniform. Instead, he’ll be playing for Team Russia in a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at CONSOL Energy Center.
Although Ovi won’t be donning Caps red, his Team Russia teammate (and Penguins center) Evgeni Malkin expects Ovi to be booed.
Ahead of the World Cup of Hockey, the Russian national team has been practicing together in St. Petersburg. On Thursday, Alex Ovechkin participated in Knowledge Day ceremonies, welcoming children back to school. Today, in that same vein, the Russian machine joined Evgeny Kuznetsov and Evgeni Malkin out on the ice to play hockey against children during the first intermission of the SKA/Lada Togliatti game.
The Russian superstars were dressed — I’m serious — as mascots.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin on Sunday made his first public appearance since reports surfaced he got married to fiancee Nastya Shubskaya over the weekend. Ovechkin played in Slava Kozlov’s farewell hockey game in Voskresensk near Moscow. Kozlov won two Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings (1997, 1998) and two Gagarin Cups (2011, 2012).
It’s been a couple weeks since Nick Bonino of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored in overtime to eliminate the Washington Capitals from the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The second round series was an epic battle between the hottest team in the league, the Penguins, and the team with the best record in the NHL, the Capitals.
Over the six-game series, the Penguins netted just one more goal than the Caps, outscoring them 16-15. Three of the games went to overtime. If a few more bounces went the Capitals’ way, they could be getting ready to host Game One of the Stanley Cup Final right now.
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