Last night, the Washington Capitals found out that they had earned a playoff spot while flying back to DC from Detroit. According to the Caps’ Mike Vogel, there was a “loud cheer on the plane as [the] boys learned the news.”
If that wasn’t endearing enough, the Caps took a ridiculous celebration picture as Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, and Alex Ovechkin emerged from the plane. They smiled for the camera flailing their arms like it was an R. Kelly video.
Ovechkin didn’t stop there. Not even a little.
First, Ovi Instagrammed this older photo of Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, and himself all with pained looks on theirs faces with this caption.
A photo posted by Alexander Ovechkin (@aleksandrovechkinofficial) on
Then Ovechkin filmed Russian teammates Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov as they blasted their car stereo. It was Russian rap. Ovechkin writes in his native tongue, “Playoffs and that’s it! With [Russian rapper L’One]. Already preparing!”
Kuznetsov raps along with L’One’s Mister Heisenberg, a song inspired by the TV show Breaking Bad.
A video posted by Alexander Ovechkin (@aleksandrovechkinofficial) on
Here’s L’One’s full video for the song.
In Ovechkin’s video, Kuznetsov can be heard rapping these lyrics:
All the way, to blow you away,
I see the future, I know what’s going to happen
The song will get into your gadget,
It will shake up your elbows, smear like [Kurt] Cobain
I am a Mortal Kombat hero, you even know fatalities
I’m guessing part of the reason why the Russians chose this as their victory song last night is because L’One, according to Fedor Fedin, is one of the most popular rappers in Russia right now. He hung out with Evgeny Kuznetsov before a concert in February 2014 while touring Chelyabinsk.
Here’s Kuznetsov with him before the show.
A photo posted by Evgeny Kuznetsov (@kuzy092) on
So while all of us were busy posting celebration GIFs, the Caps Russians were playing on social media and gleefully rapping in their cars.
Translations by Igor Kleyner and Fedor Fedin.
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