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Don Cherry calls Evgeny Kuznetsov a 'jerk' for his bird celebration

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Don Cherry calls Evgeny Kuznetsov a 'jerk' for his bird celebration

Don Cherry has been part of the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast since 1986 with his segment "Coach's Corner." Typically, he discusses the tough and physical aspects of the game.

But during Saturday's broadcast, Cherry called out Caps center Evgeny Kuznetsov for his bird-walk celebration.

"Watch the jerk here now after he scores the goal," Cherry said. "He misses here, he's deep in the end, watch Hedman get the goal. Remember kids, Hockey Night in Canada, karma hockey, it always comes back, he's not even in the thing, he is a jerk and he inspires the other team. Remember kids, never inspire the other team."

This isn't the first time Cherry has called out Kuznetsov for his celebration. When Kuznetsov scored to tie the Feb. 12th game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, he celebrated with the birdman celly in front of the Blue Jackets' bench. Columbus gave it right back to Kuzy when they scored the overtime winner.

"He gives ’em that in front of their bench. Watch what Columbus does when they scored. The Birdman," Cherry said. "Watch this in Columbus. You do not make fun of a team when you score. You play the game."

In the Stanley Cup Final, Cherry praised Brayden McNabb for hitting Kuznetsov and potentially injuring him. "You wanna be a wise guy, remember kids, you wanna jump around, this is what happens to ya," Cherry said. "I used to give them the extra little shot there all the time."

Kuznetsov explained that he does the bird walk celebration because his daughter, Ecenia, is a fan of it. It's inspired by the celebration in the video game FIFA '18.

And the Capitals are making good use of the celebration, giving away Kuzy bird walk bobbleheads during their game against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 26.

Not only that, Breaking T made a shirt to commemorate the celebration and insult.

That game could be a battle of the jerks, as Don Cherry called the Carolina Hurricanes a "bunch of jerks" for their Storm Surge celebrations.

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Alex Ovechkin teaching his son hockey might be the most adorable thing ever

Alex Ovechkin teaching his son hockey might be the most adorable thing ever

The Capitals had an off day on Sunday ahead of their Monday matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets, giving the opportunity for Alex Ovechkin to spend some time with his son.

Sergei and his dad came across a baby hockey stick and Ovechkin decided to teach his son a few moves.

The 2035 NHL mock drafts have yet to be released, but we have an early pick for No. 1…

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Backstrom's back: Caps will get their top center back for Monday's game

Backstrom's back: Caps will get their top center back for Monday's game

ARLINGTON, Va -- The Capitals are riding a six-game win streak and already have the most points in the NHL and now they will be adding one of their best players back into the lineup. Nicklas Backstrom said Sunday after practice that he is "ready to go" for Monday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It will be his first game since Nov. 18.

An upper-body injury forced Backstrom out of the lineup for the last eight games. Despite returning to practice during the team's road trip through California, he did not get into a game as the team preached caution with its star center. As the team returned home, Backstrom took line rushes on Sunday and both he and head coach Todd Reirden confirmed he would be back in for Monday's game.

"It was good to see him out there in full practice," Reirden said. "Did some drills specifically to help prepare him for tomorrow. He's good to go for tomorrow."

Backstrom said he knew when he woke up on Sunday that he was ready.

"As of today I'm good to go," he said. "I woke up and felt good. It's like that guy in 'Mighty Ducks,' I woke up, no pain."

It does not appear as if Backstrom will be eased back into the lineup as he skated on the top line in practice alongside Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson. Evgeny Kuznetsov had been playing in that spot, but the top line had grown stagnant. Ovechkin, Wilson and Kuznetsov combined for only one even-strength point in the past three games.

Barring something unexpected, the return of Backstrom should give the Caps their full lineup for the first time all season. Considering what the team has been able to accomplish thus far while having to shuffle the lineup because of injuries and suspensions, this has been an impressive start.

"I think that shows the depth that we have all the way through our lineup: forward, defenseman and our goaltending has been strong," Reirden said. "I think it's a clear understanding that it's a competitive situation that we've had since training camp that players are ready to take advantage of their opportunities that they get and they know that they need to otherwise there's a chance they could find themselves on the outside. The inner-competition we've had has probably helped push that a little bit. That's been a good problem to have, and it's allowed us to see some other players get opportunities and showcase some of the abilities they have."

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