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Evgeny Kuznetsov describes the Caps’ Cup party and it was as epic as it looked

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Evgeny Kuznetsov describes the Caps’ Cup party and it was as epic as it looked

The Caps had an epic party after winning the Stanley Cup and, according to Evgeny Kuznetsov,

If it looked like the Caps were having a lot of fun celebrating the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history, it’s because they were.

In the wake of their clinching Game 5 victory over Vegas, an epic party began that lasted for several days and stretched from Vegas to Washington. Celebrating in a Vegas club, taking the Cup through the streets of Washington, swimming in fountains, it all looked like the best time ever.

But was it hard to keep the party going for as long and as hard as the Caps did?

Yes. Yes it was.

The annual NHL player media tour began Thursday with star players from around the league converging on Chicago. T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov represented the Capitals and, of course, they were asked about their Cup celebration.

Kuznetsov gave a pretty epic answer.

“We go hard … A couple days, three days, four days, we still everyone together,” he said, per Sports Illustrated’s Alex Prewitt. “I feel little bad for our wives. They was home, waiting for us, but we still celebrating together, you know? My parents, everyone. Every morning, cup of coffee, hey I’ve got to go with the team. Baseball game, wherever. Next day and next day. Finally, after like 10 days, okay, I’m out of here.”

My wife would be a little peeved too if I was out for a ten day party, but then again, I haven’t won a Stanley Cup.

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    Everyone remembers Evgeny Kuznetsov's series-clinching overtime goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2018. That goal now overshadows another series-clinching goal Kuznetsov had in 2015. In Game 7 against the New York Islanders, Kuznetsov scored what would prove to be the winning goal to break up a 1-1 tie. Clearly he knows how to get ready for a big game. His secret? Television.

    Kuznetsov appeared on NBC Sports Washington's Capitals Greatest Hits show on Monday to talk about his 2015 performance and the topic of the locker room came up. Both teams went into that game knowing their season was on the line and Kuznetsov was asked if the feeling was any different in the locker room before the game, a question he did not know exactly how to answer.

    "I'm never in the locker room," Kuznetsov said. "I'm always by the TV watching TV shows."

    Yes, when Kuznetsov arrives at the arena, he apparently likes to watch TV before the game and said he is not in the locker room until only about 30 minutes before warmups. He enjoys watching soccer, but also likes a good movie.

    "It's usually soccer games," Kuznetsov said. "If it's not the soccer game, it's whatever the movie's going."

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    He went on to say he was thankful for the team subscribing to whatever channel it was that he watches movies on.

    If this seems odd to you, there is a method to the madness.

    "Usually it's movie because that way I'm not thinking about hockey," Kuznetsov said. "I like to be loose before games."

    Hey, if that's what he was doing before Game 7 in 2015 and before Game 6 in 2018, it's hard to argue against it.

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    Capitals Greatest Hits: How to watch Evgeny Kuznetsov's series-winning goal

    Capitals Greatest Hits: How to watch Evgeny Kuznetsov's series-winning goal

    In need of Memorial Day plans? Look no further as NBC Sports Washington presents the fifth and final edition of Capitals Greatest Hits on Monday, May 25, at 7 p.m. 

    For this holiday edition of Capitals Greatest Hits, NBC Sports Washington will reair Game 7 of the 2015 Eastern Conference First Round playoff series between the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders. 

    As a special treat, Evgeny Kuznetsov, who delivered the series-winning goal for the Caps, will make a special appearance on the broadcast to talk about his Game 7 heroics from the win-or-go-home showdown.

    What better way to cap off a holiday weekend than by reliving some Caps playoff glory with The Birdman himself?

    How to Watch: Capitals’ Greatest Hits

    Who: New York Islanders @ Washington Capitals — April 27, 2015

    When: May 25 at 7 p.m.

    Where: NBC Sports Washington (channel finder), stream on the NBC Sports MyTeams app

    Guest: Washington Capitals star Evgeny Kuznetsov

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    Broadcast Schedule

    6:00 PM Capitals Greatest Hits Capitals vs Thrashers from March 21, 2008 (R)

    7:00 PM Capitals Greatest Hits Capitals vs Islanders from April 27, 2015 (P)

    8:00 PM 2018 Stanley Cup Championship Films: Washington Capitals (P)

    10:00 PM #HockeyAtHome: The Great One & The Great Eight (R)

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