Four years after being let go by the Capitals, Stan Galiev is one of the top scorers for Ak Bars Kazan, a team in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League. And Thursday, Stan had a very special guest in attendence.
Former Capitals teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov, who was drafted by Washington the same year as Galiev, was one of 3,157 spectators at Tatneft Arena for Ak Bars’ 7-5 win over Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.
Galiev scored an even-strength goal from the slot in the second period to give Ak Bars a 3-1 lead. Kuznetsov, who was sitting in a suite, was caught on TV going wild and cheering his close friend.