St. Cloud, Minnesota, native and Caps defenseman Nate Schmidt was all smiles in a pregame interview before tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild.
It was a beautiful mess, just like Jason Chimera’s conversation with John Walton Wednesday.
The Washington Capitals are the best team in the NHL by a country mile. All that winning breeds a happy, playful locker room. And we have another ridiculous example of this courtesy of the Capitals and radio announcer John Walton.
Wednesday after practice, Walton interviewed Jason Chimera for a Rinkside Update. Chimera’s teammates then tried their best to torpedo the interview.
Last November, former Swedish Idol judge and hockey/media guy Daniel Breitholtz did a bit where Nicklas Backstrom literally tattooed his arm at a DC tattoo parlor for a video on Aftonbladet, Sweden’s biggest newspaper. For their next trick, Backstrom and Breitholtz teamed up to mess with Caps’ Swedes Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky.
The prank was pretty basic. Host Daniel Breitholtz is supposed to conduct a serious interview with Johansson and Burakovsky. But what they don’t know is Breitholtz is getting all of the questions from Caps center Nicklas Backstrom through his earpiece. Once Marcus is let in on the prank, they team up to continue the fun against a very confused Burakovsky.
There’s a reference to Swedes on bikes.
23-year-old Stan Galiev is making his NHL debut tonight. It’s one of the greatest moments of the young Russian’s life, but clearly his Caps teammates didn’t want the promotion to go to his head.
So they pranked him before the game. You know, to knock him down a peg.
Normally, the starting goaltender leads the Caps out for warm-ups. Tonight, it was Galiev.
One of the best parts of the Caps family skate Wednesday was when the NHL Network aired Brooks Laich skating with Hollywood girlfriend Julianne Hough. The couple held hands and giggled the entire time. They look positively blissful together. The honeymoon phase times 10.
At the end of the skate, the NHL Network caught up with Laich and Hough for what I believe was their first interview together.
Steve Oleksy has never been considered a top prospect. In fact, before he made his NHL debut for the Washington Capitals in March, Oleksy played for seven different minor league teams in five years. It’s been a long and often painful road Oleksy has traveled, one that was made even longer because of Braden Holtby.
You see, earlier in the season when Holtby and Oleksy played together in AHL Hershey, the sassy goaltender from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan decided to play a prank on the new Bears defenseman.
Photo credit: Chris Gordon
We all know Alex Ovechkin loves to have fun, and now we have this fantastic new anecdote — thanks to Alex Ovetjkin — from former Caps netminder Semyon Varlamov who spoke to Artem Lisovsky of KP.RU.
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