Over the last two seasons, the Washington Capitals have been publishing player reaction GIFs on their social media platforms. These clips have resulted in such priceless GIFS as Nate Schmidt giving a thumbs ups, Karl Alzner waving, and Braden Holtby doing his best Dikembe Mutombo impression. The GIFs are the perfect balance of being awkward but also flawless at the exact same time.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Caps player reaction GIF library.
The other day, the Capitals posted this GIF of Andre Burakovsky in a reply to a fan on Twitter. Now I’m not totally sure why, but deep down in my gut an alarm went off, telling me THIS GIF IS VERY RELEVANT TO RMNB READERS.
Again, I don’t know why – it’s just the Burracuda sticking his tongue out while skating by a camera. But I’m going to trust that instinct, an instinct that has guided my hockey blogging for the last seven years. So here you go: the andre-burakovsky-tongue.gif!
When RMNB got started, The Washington Post’s Capitals coverage was anchored by the wise and gregarious Tarik El-Bashir. In 2012 Tarik left the Post and the sport to cover the Redskins for CSN, but now he’s making a homecoming, taking over the mantle of CSN’s Capitals Insider.
Welcome back, Tarik!
Reader Fred E was apparently at Wednesday’s preseason game in Raleigh, and he’s got compelling video to prove it. The Capitals lost 4-3 to the Hurricanes, but in the effort they showed off more shootout skills from summer supplement TJ Oshie.
Oshie, as you may already know, is jokes.
Alex Ovechkin is a future hall-of-fame player. Twenty seconds into the Caps’ preseason game against the Carolina Hurricanes, he reminded a 21-year-old rookie defenseman named Jaccob Slavin of that fact.
Stampeding into the offensive zone like a bull through the streets of Pamplona, the Russian machine put the puck
through Slavin’s legs under Slavin’s stick. Slavin reached for the biscuit (tsk tsk) and tripped Ovechkin. The Great Eight managed to transfer the puck back onto his forehand and score while falling down.
I mean, oh my god, look at this nonsense.
Alex Ovechkin got a lot accomplished in his final weekend in Russia before returning to DC. Ovi got engaged to his girlfriend Nastya Shubskaya on Friday, thanked his corporate sponsors that same night, and then played in a charity basketball game on Sunday (his final event before flying back).
In the midst all of that, Ovechkin did one thing more than any other: dance. The Russian machine became a Dance machine.
Evgeny Kuznetsov has always been good at celebrating goals. We’ve seen him kayak down the ice, do push-ups, play dead on the ice, do a baseball slide, start an invisible lawnmower, and whatever this actually is I still have no idea.
Before the season, Kuznetsov participated in the NHL Rookie Challenge. Upper Deck asked him to come up with the most creative goal celebration he could imagine. (I’m guessing this came after the figure skating.) Kuznetsov did not disappoint.
Unable to muster much offense during the first 35 minutes of the game, the Capitals finally woke from their slumber during four-on-four with the Wild (Thanks, Tom Wilson)!
Alex Ovechkin was of course the benefactor. He scored his 46th goal of the season on an impressive individual effort. Taking a pass from Karl Alzner in the defensive zone, Ovechkin turned on the afterburners in neutral and slung a low and hard shot toward Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk gave up a huge rebound off his pads, and Ovechkin beat him glove side.
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