As the Capitals’ practice wound down Friday at MTS Centre, a funny thing happened. Alex Ovechkin skated over to Michal Neuvirth’s crease, and after a few moments of conversation, the star left wing and 23-year-old netminder swapped gear.
Ovechkin took the goalie’s stick and put on the blocker, glove and mask while Neuvirth took the captain’s stick and donned the helmet adorned with No. 8. It was all in fun, a lighthearted end to a workout with the team in a good mood after Thursday’s 1-0 win against the Jets.
Teammates took shots – few with any force on them – on “goaltender” Ovechkin, who dove around the ice and tried to snare pucks with his glove. Safe bet that Ovechkin will be sticking to his day job as a left wing, but he said afterward that when he was very young his dream was to be a goalie, so it was fun to try. Neuvirth, meanwhile, tried to stick handle and fight off Dmitry Orlov on a one-on-one battle.
Check out the picture below, taken by Sergey Kocharov, the Capitals’ director of media relations.