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.
Friday night, the Caps and Hurricanes traded leads all night long, forcing a shootout to determine the victor. That ended up being bad news for the Canes.
Barry Trotz sent out TJ Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov consecutively. Both players scored, ending the skills competition a round early.
Coming into tonight’s contest against the Carolina Hurricanes, Caps center Evgeny Kuznetsov has been on fire, tallying assists in five straight games.
Judging by this sequence, it appears Kuznetsov’s good stretch is bound to continue in Raleigh. Kuzy just successfully completed another stickhandling drill during an actual hockey game.
After going scoreless during his first four games in the NHL, talented Caps prospect Jakub Vrana now has three points in his last three games. On Friday, Vrana scored his first NHL goal after a beautiful setup by Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Tuesday night in Brooklyn, Vrana authored his first NHL multipoint game of his career. 2:09 into the second period, Vrana tallied his first NHL assist, receiving a secondary apple on Brett Connolly’s first period goal.
The dude was absolutely pumped.
Evgeny Kuznetsov played in his 206th career game tonight as a Capital and – just like Alex Ovechkin – hit a milestone.
After tallying a primary assist on Justin Williams’ third-period goal, Kuznetsov became the fourth-fastest player in franchise history to reach 100 assists. The only Capitals players who have accomplished this faster are pretty dang good: Nicklas Backstrom (138 GP), Alex Ovechkin (159 GP), and Mike Gartner (194 GP).
While the Washington Capitals lost their third straight game Saturday night, there were positives to take out of their matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning, as they peppered 35 shots on net, scored their first goal in over 109 minutes of play, and managed to pick up a point.
And then there was Evgeny Kuznetsov’s shootout goal.
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