The pre-game routine the Washington Capitals have in the hallway before a game is well-documented and strange. There’s fist-bumps, yelling, invisible saxophones, and cup-checks. All of which serve to amp up the players just before they hit the ice.
That is, as long as they don’t hit the ice face-first.
Saturday evening in Tampa, Braden Holtby almost ate it while leading the team out onto the ice. Holtby was leading the charge when he tripped. That caused Alex Ovechkin to stumble and then there was a chain reaction.