Who are these people?
This Washington Capitals team features two prominent foreign rookies: Swede Andre Burakovsky and Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov. You’d think these names are not that hard to pronounce, but I guess not. Television people butchered them last week.
Our first offender is ABC 7’s Tim Brant, who is a cool dude, but must now get a timeout.
After the Capitals fell to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, Brant kicked off highlights with a certain someone’s first NHL goal.
“We’ll pick it up in the first period,” Brant says, correctly noting that hockey is not broken into quarters or halves. “It’s a scoreless game here and 19-year old Andre Burovska, he hits the back of the net.”
Close, but not quite.
It got worse on Saturday. After John Carlson scored in the game’s final 90 seconds, Boston Bruins in-game announcer (of the last 21 years) Jim Martin made the call. Both Burakovsky and Kuznetsov got assists, and that was just too many syllables.
Washington goal scored by number 74, John Carlson. Goal assisted by number 65, Andre Burakovsky and number 92, Evgeny Kuznikov. Time of goal: 18:46. That is the second goal of the game and the season for Carlson, assisted by Andre Burakovsky and… Evgeny… Kuznikov? at 18:46.
It’s a pileup of mistakes here. This was not Carlson’s second goal (the goal was later credited to Joel Ward, so it wasn’t even his first), and despite having two chances to say get his name right, Martin went oh-fer.
So yeah: Andre Burovska & Evgeny Kuznikov. Welcome to the team!
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