The Washington Capitals got everything they’ve been looking for in Friday’s win over the Tampa Bay Lightning: a full 60-minute effort, 5-on-5 scoring, a stellar performance on the penalty kill and some great grit and physicality. And in addition to all of that, they also got another golden Evgeny Kuznetsov moment.
Kuznetsov is one of the NHL’s wackiest personalities known for his quick wit, constant jokes (that he admits used to hurt Andre Burakovsky and Jakub Vrana’s feelings) and “bird celebrations.” And now, he can add dance moves to his resume.
During the team’s postgame celebration after a dominant 5-1 victory, Sonny Milano got the rope for his three-point night (two goals, one assist). The 26-year-old then took part in the grip strength contest, scoring over 80. And as celebration broke out, Kuznetsov pulled out some… interesting dance moves.
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And of course, we had to make it a .gif. Because how could you not?
Another editor’s note: there was no music playing when he broke out these moves.
It’s been an interesting start to the season for No. 92, who just got his first two goals of the season back on Monday in a four-point outing against the Edmonton Oilers. He has five points in his last three games and has 12 points in 15 games so far this season. Kuznetsov is also currently wearing the “A” with T.J. Oshie out indefinitely and other alternate captains out of the lineup, and head coach Peter Laviolette has liked the leadership he has brought.
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Still, Kuznetsov is staying true to his fun-loving personality and told us in an exclusive 1-on-1 at the beginning of the year that he is going to keep joking around and doesn’t really care what others think of him. He just wants to continue to find happiness in his game.
“I’m just enjoying it. I’m happy to be here. And if I’m in a happy place, I’m always gonna smile and enjoy it you know? It’s easy to see when I’m not smiling, that means I’m not in a happy place and I’m not comfortable,” Kuznetsov explained. “When I’m comfortable and I’m enjoying it, it’s just me. I’m not trying to be somebody else, I’m just like that. You know, if somebody doesn’t like that, they can talk, but I’m sorry. That’s who I am and I’m not going to change.”