All-Russian leadership: Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin the captain, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov the alternates against Vegas and Carolina
The Washington Capitals might have had a pretty incredible first against the Carolina Hurricanes and Vegas Golden Knights the last two nights.
With usual alternate captains Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, TJ Oshie, and Tom Wilson all out due to injury, Peter Laviolette gave Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov the A’s and the opportunity to serve under Alex Ovechkin on the leadership team.
This appears (but is not confirmed) to be the first time in franchise history there were all Russian players as Capitals’ captains during games.
Note: It’s worth pointing out that this is almost impossible to 100 percent confirm due to the historical data of alternate captains not being public.