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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)

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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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With Tom Wilson out with a head injury, the Washington Capitals recalled forward Stan Galiev Tuesday morning from the Hershey Bears. It’s the first time the 23-year-old Russian, drafted in 2010, has ever been promoted to the NHL. For the longest time, it seemed like Galiev, struggling with injuries and system play, was destined to be a top prospect who flamed out. Instead, according to Barry Trotz, Galiev will likely get a uniform Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins after lighting up the AHL this season.

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I want to start by saying I genuinely like Barry Trotz. I think he’s a good man and a good coach. He’s brought with him to Washington some of the brightest minds in hockey, he’s reversed a decline in the organization, and he’s helped Alex Ovechkin become a more complete player. I don’t think Trotz has gotten enough credit for that. He is exactly what fans wanted last summer: an experienced head coach.

But now that we’re more than halfway through the season, I see some worrying trends in this organization that reach all the way down to the AHL level.

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Caps prospect Stan Galiev has put the work in this season and has become a great story. After initially struggling with system play as a teenager, the 23-year-old forward has carved himself out a roster spot in AHL Hershey. Galiev is fifth on the Bears in scoring. Earlier this season he authored a brilliant streak of 8 goals in 8 games, putting him on the Caps radar as a potential call-up.

The young Russian, a restricted free agent this summer, did an interview with Sports.ru blogger Dmitry Groshev on Wednesday. Galiev spoke about his relationship with Alex Ovechkin, what it’s like playing in front of Hershey’s fans, and the key to his success lately.

“This year I played well in the pre-season, our head coach Troy Mann, trusted me and I began to score,” Galiev said. “I get power play time, get some points. I stay healthy too. You put all that together and you can say I’ve now got confidence.”

Fedor Fedin has your translation below.

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Remember a few weeks ago when we wrote about Stan Galiev scoring 3 goals in 3 games for Hershey? That torrid streak continued to 8 goals in 8 games before snapping this past weekend.

Galiev, who has 9 goals and 4 assists, is ranked second on the Bears in goals and fifth in points. This is a renaissance.

Let’s check out the other five goals from his 8-in-8 streak.

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On Wednesday, the Hershey Bears opened their preseason by playing the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the brand new PPL Center. The result of the actual game however is secondary to the sick goal Russian prospect Stan Galiev scored.

Galiev does a 360, passes the puck to himself, goes through two defenders, and then snipes the puck to the top right corner of the net.

Just look at this!

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