The Capitals captain (a man who likes to give us nice things like Stanley Cups) has given us another nice thing: an Instagram story from inside the Capitals’ plane.
The team is on their way to Vancouver after a shootout loss Friday night against the Florida Panthers. But (at least from where Alex Ovechkin is sitting), the team’s spirits are high.
The video isn’t long, but there was a lot to unpack, and we are happy to provide an exhaustive analysis.
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A smiling Nicklas Backstrom bobs along to Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”
A grinning Andre Burkovsky has his head buried in “US Weekly,” probably reading about Chrissy Teigen and her dogs.
Across the table from Ovechkin, John Carlson drinks coffee while looking unimpressed.
Christian Djoos and Travis Boyd sit in the row behind Carlson and Backstrom. There’s Diet Coke on the table (maybe Ovechkin has switched from regular Coke?)
Long-running games of poker are popular on plane rides, and a pack of playing cards lies unopened on the table. (Or maybe they took a leaf out of Toronto’s book and started playing euchre.)
There are also four cans of snus on the table between Backstrom and Burakovsky. Snus is smokeless tobacco in little pouches that you keep in your mouth between your lip and your gums.
It’s very popular in Sweden, and apparently, with the Swedes in DC.
The Capitals will be spending a lot of time aboard the plane as they start of a week-long swing through Canada. They play in Vancouver on Monday, then Edmonton on Thursday, Calgary on Friday, and Montreal on Thursday.
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