Brooks Orpik and Evgeny Kuznetsov have an unlikely friendship. While the two were both new to the Capitals, the veteran defenseman watched Family Feud with the Russian center.
Kuznetsov said Orpik, whom he nicknamed Batya or “Dad,” would teach him useful English phrases during that time, which is how he learned idioms such as “it is what it is” and “it’s not my first rodeo.”
And while Orpik was teaching Kuznetsov English phrases, Kuznetsov taught Orpik some not so useful Russian, too.
For instance, Thursday, ahead of the Capitals’ 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks, Orpik showed off a Russian phrase he learned while Alex Ovechkin conducted a Russian-language interview with Sport-Express.
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The profanity appears to make Ovechkin blush, as he breaks out in laughter.
“Batya knocked me off my stride,” Ovechkin joked.
The cursing became headline news on Russian sports sites, such as sports.ru.
Russian Federation laws prohibit profanity of this sort in mainstream media.
During the interview, which appears to have turned into one of those funny disasters, Dmitry Orlov videobombs Ovechkin before Orpik’s profanity.
Additional reporting by Ian Oland.
Headline photo: Sport-Express
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