When Alex Ovechkin scored his 20th goal of the season — an empty-net tally in the game’s final minute — it unleashed some joking on the bench between him and fellow countryman Evgeny Kuznetsov.
The joking continued in the locker room. After Ovechkin gave his stick away to a young fan and advised Phil Kessel to stop talking to the Toronto media, he found Kuznetsov speaking to reporters.
“I just feel two points after game,” Kuznetsov began, speaking philosophically. “That’s it for me. I try to working hard and play for my partners and do it well to my job.”
He was asked about how good Braden Holtby was. “Yeah, yeah yeah, I don’t want to say too much about that,” he replied. “Everybody understand, when Holts play very well… Lots of crazy saves. We need to play better. Help to him.”
It was at that point that an impatient Ovechkin decided it was time to get his friend’s attention.
“Kuzma!” Ovechkin shouts. “[something unintelligible] Kuzma!”
“You can’t speak English,” he says. “Kuzya, let’s go.”
Kuznetsov ignores him.
“I score big goal,” Ovechkin says in terrible English, mocking his friend.
Kuznetsov loses it.
A wonderful conclusion for a pretty awesome night.
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