When Braden Holtby’s shutout streak ended at a nice total of 169 minutes, the Capitals suddenly found themselves in a tie game.
“Don’t worry,” Evgeny Kuznetsov probably said, “I’ve got this.”
“But Kuzy,” Brooks Orpik probably said, “you never score anymore.”
Then Kuznetsov spit into the ice, grinned, and said, “watch this.”
So watch this.
Friday night, the Washington Capitals held another team-building event. This time the Caps threw some rocks and curled north of the border in Ottawa. According to the Capitals, Jay Beagle, Nate Schmidt, Brett Leonhardt, and Tim Ohashi won the match.
But I want to point you to what happened afterwards. The Caps’ three Russians, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov, explored a nearby hockey store in the capital city. Outside the building, there was a giant advertisement of Alex Ovechkin. So naturally the trio had to take a video in front of it.
Thursday afternoon, the NHL announced that Evgeny Kuznetsov was fined $2,000 for his dive against the New Jersey Devils on December 29. As Kuznetsov skated up the ice, Beau Bennett pushed the Caps forward during a line change. Kuzy fell to the ice in an attempt to draw a penalty.
What may have further drawn the ire of the NHL was the fact that Kuznetsov dangerously swung the butt-end of his stick towards the Devils bench in the aftermath.
Tuesday night at Verizon Center, the Washington Capitals hosted regular-season game number 37 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The stakes were low, but by the end of the night, it felt like the Caps had won a playoff series.
Between the Russian hat trick of goals (Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov all scored) to the team’s multiple improbable comebacks, the Caps really wanted to win and their celebrations reflected that.
For instance, when John Carlson scored to tie the game 5-5 late in the third period, the Caps started to punch each other.
The Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs just engaged in an instant classic.
After taking an initial 1-0 lead, the Capitals would comeback three separate times (2-1, 4-2, and 5-4) before winning in overtime. The Caps’ 6-5 OT victory would end the Leafs’ winning-streak at five games.
Let’s celebrate by re-watching all the of the goals.
It’s 2017, you guys!
All night, Capitals players have been sharing their photos, celebrating the new year. As Washington is the only team in the NHL to play both on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, many of the players stayed in with their families.
Here’s what they posted and the translations.
When they’re in town together, the Caps Russians always celebrate their birthdays by going out for a big, fancy dinner. Friday night after the Caps 4-0 shutout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, birthday boy TJ Oshie became an honorary Russian.
Wearing matching grey-colored TJ Oshie 30th birthday shirts, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov took Osh Babe to the Russian restaurant Mari Vanna in Washington DC.
Before Friday’s tilt against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin shared his secret to fully arousing his Russian consciousness with Evgeny Kuznetsov. Ovechkin held smelling salts in front of Kuznetsov’s face. But much like Marcus Johansson last season, Kuznetsov could not handle it.
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