The youngsters are alright. Bizarre, however alright.

The kids are alright. Weird, but alright.

The Washington Capitals’ 6-Four win over the LA Kings provided up a cornucopia of objectives and objective hugs. Christian Djoos was universally adored, Jakub Vrana and Madison Bowey did a rooster dance, and Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin competed for Tom Wilson’s affection.

For a take a look at the hockey that occurred, Ms. Bailey has an ideal recap of an ideal sendoff. Now let’s take a look at all the pieces else!


Nicklas Backstrom introduced a Djoos jersey on his runway stroll to the locker room. Christian Djoos would later rating his first objective of the season. Coincidence, or black magic? You be the choose.

It was Pleasure Evening at Capital One Enviornment and one fan introduced a stunning signal that reads “Everybody Deserves Love” on a rainbow background. The sheet of paper hooked up to the signal provides an necessary exception to the rule.

There was additionally a hand-drawn “Djoos is Free” signal based mostly on Ms. Bahniuk’s design which may be discovered within the RMNB retailer!

We already knew that Madison Bowey and Jakub Vrana maintain arms as they stroll onto the ice for warm-ups. Apparently, in addition they do that within the hallway beforehand.

It’s a…rooster dance? Perhaps?

TJ Oshie and Nic Dowd’s ritual is in some way even weirder.


Clearly, all hockey hugs are good, lovely, good, and distinctive, however we’re going to skip the primary two and bounce into the great things.

…okay wonderful right here’s one in every of them however solely as a result of Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov’s hug fatigue comes up once more later. Right here they’re celebrating the sport’s opening tally from Ovechkin on the powerplay.

The “Race You to Tom Wilson” Hug

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored on an help from Wilson and was very excited to hug Wilson about it. However Ovechkin caught Kuzy by the again of the jersey as he swung across the again of the online, and the centrifugal drive introduced all of them collectively concurrently.

Tom’s legs virtually slid out from below him however he recovered admirably and fortunately yelled in Kuzy’s face for some time.

The “DJOOOOOOS!!!!!!” Hug

Admittedly, there was already a DJOOOOOOS!!!!!! hug in the Panthers recreation miscellaneous recap. However there’s actually no different technique to describe the best way Djoos’s teammates react to him in a hug.

Ovechkin isn’t happier than when he’s celebrating a teammate’s achievements, however particularly when it’s Christian Djoos.

Earlier than Djoos was known as up from the AHL, Ovechkin used to repeatedly ask members of the Caps group: “How’s Djoos doing? When’s Djoos arising?”

And this time Djoos wasn’t simply half of the hug he was the initiator of the hug, with a ravishing one-handed objective.

The “Existential Disaster” Hug

Jakub Vrana scored a objective and appeared completely depressing about it.

John Carlson and TJ Oshie each checked up on their younger Czech, however to no avail. And whereas neither Oshie nor Ovechkin appeared overly involved on the bench afterward, somebody ought to most likely fetch Vrana a juice field (a Djoos field) or a pet or Madison Bowey ASAP.

The “Prime Line is Drained” Hug

Kuznetsov scored, once more, however this time with an help from Ovechkin. It was the third objective hug of the night time for each of them and the second for Tom Wilson. Mr. Oland has insights about the hockey behind these prime line hugs.

Their velocity going into the hug is slower than the “Race You To Tom Wilson” hug, however the fatigue is most noticeable within the higher physique motion.

It’s much less of an enthusiastic embrace and extra of a pleasant flop.

The “Goalie Head Bops” Hug

Caps win! Copley hugs!

Evgeny Kuznetsov appeared moderately subdued as he bopped his helmet towards Pheonix Copley’s, however was terribly happy after getting a headpat from Nicklas Backstrom.

In conclusion:


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