Way back in November, Sportsnet highlighted the Capitals’ pregame routine, which included a lot of dancing and gyrating. Since then, the Capitals have kept winning and the pregame routine has kept getting weirder.

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Caps Russians Catch Up With Old Friends in Canada


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The Capitals arrived in Montreal last night ahead of their game tonight against the Canadians. So what did the Caps Russians do? I’m glad you asked.

Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, and Stan Galiev had dinner with former Capital/forever-Habs-scratch Alex Semin. We know this because Ristorante Bis owner Marcello Abate published a photo of the group together on Twitter.

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For the first time this season, Alex Ovechkin didn’t score in Friday’s monster win over the Edmonton Oilers. Instead he had to settle for two assists — and apparently a puppy. In an Instagram photo shared Saturday evening, Ovechkin and fiancee Nastya Shubskaya posed with their new dog, a flopsy black puppy named Blaik. “Get to know the new member of the family,” Ovechkin writes.

And one more thing: Ovi is dressed like Batman. That’s because the Capitals are having their Halloween Party tonight. Oh yes.

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Just like shooting womp rats back home, John Carlson‘s scoring acumen is something preternatural. Take for example his goal on Thursday night, a spin-a-rama from above the circles that had no business being on target and even less business hitting the back of the net.

He wasn’t even looking! Blind, like Polyphemus, Carlson takes the pass and fires with effortless fluidity. Midichlorians flowing. The puck sails past a flailing Swede before beating poor old Scott Darling in net.

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Photo: Addison Huber, 2010

The Caps drafted Stan Galiev in the third round of the 2010 draft. After failing to establish himself as even an AHL regular prior to last season, Galiev finally showed promise in 2014-15, posting 45 points in 67 games for the Hershey Bears and one goal in two games for the Caps. The skillset on display last season has given some high hopes for Galiev’s future in the NHL.

Josh W. (whom you should follow on Twitter) of Canucks Army recently wrote a useful post in which he establishes baselines for AHL prospects achieving NHL success. The rub is this: Despite Galiev’s strong showing in the AHL in 2014-15 and his high-end skill set, chances are he will not grow into an NHL regular.

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Washington Capitals forward Stan Galiev is on vacation with his wife Olya in Vietnam, and they’re having some new experiences. And by “new experiences” I mean eating some of the most disgusting things you can imagine – things I’m not even sure Andrew Zimmern would put in his mouth.

This weekend, for example, they ate scorpion kabobs.

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Last season, 23-year-old Stan Galiev saw a meteoric leap in his development. The Russian forward, who has always had NHL quality stick-handling and finishing ability, saw the rest of his game finally come together last year in the AHL. Avoiding the injuries that have plagued him in the past, Gally scored 25 goals and 45 points in 65 games, jumping from Hershey’s fourth line to the first in the second half of the season. He even played two games for the Capitals, scoring his first NHL goal during the team’s final regular season game.

On July 1st, Galiev, a restricted free agent, signed a two-year, $1.15 million deal to keep him in Washington through 2017. Caps’ General Manager Brian MacLellan will give him every chance to make the roster next year.

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The Capitals have maintained for the last month that they would not make a big splash on the first day of free agency. Well, how about a stealth-like walk down those steel stairs into the pool?

At noon, GM Brian MacLellan made two important depth signings. First the Caps announced the re-signing of restricted free agent Stan Galiev to an affordable, two-year, $1.15 million contract. Galiev’s contract is two-way during the 2015-16 season and one-way during the 2016-17 season. GMBM has said that Galiev will be given every opportunity during training camp to make the team.

Around the same time, Bob McKenzie reported that the Caps signed Penguins’ UFA defenseman Taylor Chorney to a one-year, $700 deal. The defenseman, who spent most of the year in AHL, could be the Capitals’ seventh defenseman next season. Regardless, he will provide much needed depth in the organization with Hershey Bears captain Steve Oleksy potentially leaving as a free agent.

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Stan Galiev Earns His First NHL Goal (GIF)

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That’s the puck, stuck in the back of the net.

Stan Galiev has taken a grand total of two shots in his two games in the NHL, and he’s already recorded his first NHL goal.

In garbage time of the Caps’ loss to the Rangers in the final game of the regular season, Barry Trotz gave his rookie line the ice. Like usual, the rookies raided the offensive zone. Michael Latta loosed a desperate shot, and Galiev corralled the rebound for his milestone marker.

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Caps Prank Stan Galiev Before NHL Debut (Video)


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.

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