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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