You’ve got to give it to Evgeny Kuznetsov: he knows how to make the best of an awkward situation.
Following a second-period goal by Washington Capitals teammate Bretty Connolly—one that had a lengthy review after it was initially waved off and then challenged for offsides, the Russian winger went for the modest fist-bump on the bench.
Connolly, perhaps in the zone and watching the scoreboard, missed out on the first attempt. Kuznetsov simply fist-bumped himself, and then, undeterred, gave it another shot. Connolly, again, didn’t see it, leaving his teammate to finish off his congratulatory gesture one more time.
The goal gave the Capitals a 3-1 lead over the Sharks and Washington went on to win 4-1—its first win over San Jose in regulation since 2009. No word on if Kuznetsov skipped Connolly in the postgame celebration scrum.
Connolly's mistake was pointed out to him to by NBCSports Washington's Tarik El-Bashir, with a surprised Connolly saying, "I can't wait to see it!"
The Caps forward pretty quickly tweeted out an apology of sorts:
The matter officially behind us, we look forward to the self-fist-bump celebration taking off as the next big trend across the league.