Evgeny Kuznetsov had a breakthrough season and a historic postseason on his way to the Stanley Cup. He’s also extremely funny.
After sharing the Stanley Cup with the people of his home country, Alex Ovechkin threw a private party for his friends and family at Arbat Hall in Moscow.
His distinguished guests for the evening included Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov. All three Caps Russians did Cup stands on stage.
Here is the video.
The Capitals’ leading points-getter in the playoffs, Evgeny Kuznetsov, is already back training for next season.
Well, if by “training” I mean wielding a large rifle and by “next season” I mean a doomsday scenario where zombies have overtaken Russia and Kuzy is the country’s last hope of survival.
Fresh off the franchise’s first Stanley Cup and and a day after a Championship Parade, the Capitals cleaned out their lockers and met with the media one final time before heading home for the summer.
Instead of talking about what went wrong, Capitals players talked about everything that went right and realizing a dream they had as a kid.
Gone were depressing images. This year, the Caps had ALL the smiles.
Don’t believe us? Check out these photos I took below.
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin isn’t quite ready to let the Stanley Cup out of his sight. Over the last 48-hours, since winning the championship with the Capitals Thursday, Ovechkin has celebrated in the MGM hotel lobby, partied in a Vegas nightclub, on the Caps flight back to DC, a Clarendon bar, Nationals Park, and Georgetown Waterfront.
Saturday evening was, by comparison, a much quieter affair. Ovi finally took the cup home, along with his Conn Smythe trophy, and spent the evening with his family, friends, and the other Caps Russians.
After flying home this afternoon, the Stanley Cup has officially made its first stop in the Washington, DC area and the Capitals chose to party at Don Tito – a popular bar in Arlington, VA.
The team had a private celebration on the rooftop.
Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final could prove to be one of the biggest in Capitals franchise history. The entire DMV area — and beyond — is standing behind them, including the Washington Post Express, who published an incredible spread in Thursday’s Stanley Cup Final edition of their paper.
“Give ’em the bird, Kuzy” is an eternal mood for Game Five, and this series, if ever we saw one.
ABC 7’s Erin Hawksworth landed an interview with Hockey Night In Canada’s Don Cherry. She asked questions a Caps fan might wonder.
For instance, Cherry has been openly critical of Alex Ovechkin for his personality and expressive celebrations in the past – such as the hot stick celly he did after scoring his 50th goal.
Wednesday night, Don set the record straight. He loves Ovechkin and he loves the Washington Capitals. He just hates Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Oh no, not this again.
Humangous-big universe lover Ilya Bryzgalov covered Games One and Two of the Stanley Cup Final for the Players’ Tribune. Bryz was funny in that weird Bryz way where you’re not really sure what’s happening, but you never quite want it to stop either.
Bryz caught up with Capitals Russians Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov in the locker room.
Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded four assists in Game Four, bringing him to a postseason total of 31 points, the 24th highest total in Stanley Cup playoff history. Six of the players above Kuznetsov are Wayne Gretzky.
So, yeah, it’s sort of been a nice spring for Evgeny Kuznetsov. Now, with a Cup victory within grasp, he’s got a real chance to win the Conn Smythe Trophy for the most valuable player of the playoffs.
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