The Caps entered the first intermission with their heads down, trailing to the lowly Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 after the first 20 minutes of play. But let’s for a moment celebrate Evgeny Kuznetsov, who gave the Caps an early lead at the 12:02 mark of the first period.
The tally was Kuznetsov’s second goal of the season and it was brilliantly set up by his fellow countryman, Dmitry Orlov (AKA Snarls).
Midway through the first period, Evgeny Kuznetsov gathered in a pass from Marcus Johansson near the end boards and had little room to operate. With former Canadian Olympian defenseman Marc-Édouard Vlasic bearing down on him, Kuzy decided to try and stickhandle out of the corner.
It was magic. The GIFs should be hung in a museum and admired for centuries to come.
Sunday afternoon, the Washington Capitals, victors of five straight, announced that they cancelled their Monday morning practice. So that evening Caps captain Alex Ovechkin hosted a party at his Virginia home. All the Russian Capitals (including their families) dropped by along with several members of Ovechkin’s posse. Because of the postings on social media, we got a rare glimpse inside Ovi’s house where we notice Alex Ovechkin has a lot of photos of Alex Ovechkin up. Also, woah, that is a lot of Coke machines.
But what’s a party without a DJ? So Ovechkin, who recently got turntables set up at his house by Club Glow business partner Pete Kalamoutsos, invited Arty, a famous Russian record producer and DJ. According to Wikipedia, Arty has collaborated with such popular acts like Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, BT, Paul van Dyk, Mat Zo, OneRepublic, and Matisse & Sadko.
The night began with some street hockey with tennis balls in what appears to be Ovechkin’s garage.
For two seasons, Evgeny Kuznetsov has terrorized NHL teams with his twister pass. As the Caps center would skate around the net, he would blindly pass the puck behind his body to a crease-crashing teammate. The goalie, assuming Kuznetsov would complete his revolution around the net, would guard against a wraparound shot or forehand pass. That assumption would result in Kuznetsov’s teammate having a wide open net to shoot at on the short side.
Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Kuznetsov played some hockey chess and flipped the script on his opponent. Kuzy did not attempt the twister pass to setup Marcus Johansson’s fifth goal in three games, but the Jets assumed one was coming. And that’s why Johansson scored easily.
Tuesday morning, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman released his latest 30 Thoughts column. Friedman had four bullet points about the Caps, including explanations into why this is the last chance for this current iteration of the team to win the Stanley Cup.
According to Friedman, Brian MacLellan is planning to offer new contracts for Karl Alzner and Evgeny Kuznetsov and it could get pricey.
“There are a lot of moving parts,” MacLellan told Friedman. “We’re not sure what the dynamic is going to be. There are so many questions…how we do (this season) is going to answer a lot of them.”
Entering Saturday’s game in Vancouver, Barry Trotz made a big change to the forward lines, bringing Tom Wilson into the top six. That move drew criticism from soft-handed, overeducated elites from websites such as R.M.N.B. dot com, but it worked.
Wilson scored in the first period after a dandy pass from linemate Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov showed support to his hometown KHL team — Traktor Chelyabinsk — in a big way once again on Friday. The former KHL superstar bought shirts and posters for all 7,500 fans in attendance at the Traktor-Avangard game.
The shirts read in Russian Thanks, Chelyabinsk! When we are together, we cannot be defeated! It also included the message ALL IN! in English as well as his signature.
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