First-time all stars Evgeny Kuznetsov, Braden Holtby, and Nicklas Backstrom walked the red carpet ahead of tonight’s Skills Competition at Bridgestone Arena in front of a huge crowd. Kuznetsov once again wore his lucky suit again.
With Alex Ovechkin sitting out due to injury, Ovi’s Russian BFF Evgeny Kuznetsov was named to his first NHL All-Star Game. And judging by Kuzy’s suit for media day, the Chelyabinsk native has brought it to Nashville.
And by it, I mean style and class. Kuznetsov wore a desaturated plaid jacket with matching suit pants to the podium. Kuznetsov does not look like a hockey player. No, no.
Photo: Geoff Burke
Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov has been named to his first NHL All-Star Game, the team announced this morning.
Kuznetsov joins Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby in representing the Caps, and replaces Alex Ovechkin on roster. The team announced after last night’s overtime loss to the Flyers that Ovechkin, who had been selected as the captain of the Metropolitan Division All-Star team, will miss the game because of a lower-body injury.
Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s celebrations in the NHL have been mostly muted since leaving the KHL. But Wednesday, after assisting on Andre Burakovsky’s game-tying goal, Kuzy did what all the hip kids are doing. He dabbed.
The Washington Capitals hosted a VIP season-ticket holder party at Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar Tuesday and something subtle but brilliant happened. During the event, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Justin Williams switched jerseys. Or should I say Evgeny Williams and Justin Kuznetsov.
It was either a sign of respect or those jokers were trying to confuse everyone.
The Washington Capitals have been humming along here, distancing themselves from the competition at an increasingly rampant pace. Despite having played the second fewest number of total games thus far, they have more wins than anyone else. During a time in which parity reigns supreme with the number of loser points being handed out keeping teams clustered together closely, they’re the only division leader holding a double-digit lead.
Over the last two days, the DC Blizzard dropped two feet of snow in the district and three feet in surrounding areas. The snow forced the cancellation of both Caps’ home games this weekend including tilts against the Ducks and Penguins. That leaves the Caps in a really weird stretch, where they’ll only play one game in 14 days.
Without hockey, the players spent time with their families and messing around on social media. I went ahead and documented it all.
Don’t put the Capitals on the power play. I thought that was clear by now, but the Columbus Blue Jackets did it anyway. Worse: with Justin Falk’s bloody high stick on Marcus Johansson, Washington got a super-sized, 4-minute man advantage.
The Caps scored twice. Evgeny Kuznetsov got the primary assist on both. (This team, jeez.)
Photo: Patrick McDermott
If there’s one non-hockey thing Evgeny Kuznetsov has picked up from Alex Ovechkin, it’s celebrating teammates’ goals as hard as his own. On Sunday night, Justin Williams scored a hat trick after Kuznetsov forced a turnover. When the puck hit the back of the net, Kuznetsov pumped his arms into the air and gave Williams a huge hockey hug.