Capitals Practice Outdoors, Use Eye Black Liberally

In preparation for the NHL Winter Classic this New Years Day, the Washington Capitals took to the Chevy Chase Club just north of D.C. today for an outdoor skating session.

As you can see from this photo of Alex Ovechkin below, as shared by Lindsay Applebaum of the Washington Post, the Capitals also used some eye black. Quite a bit of it actually.

Scaled_php_medium 

Apparently, Russians don't quite get the concept of eye black. I mean, they call it EYE black for a reason, right?

One could certainly write several different entertaining and possibly perverted captions for this photograph, but I think it would be best if we just let Ovechkin tell us about it for himself.

"Just to have fun, like laugh. Try to make a joke."

According to reports, today's practice was normal, other than the shining wind, shining sun, and lack of controlled air temperature. The Capitals performed their normal drills. And then they put some more stuff on their faces. According to Greg Schimmel of the Washington Post, Ovechkin wasn't the only one to do it.

Matt Hendricks and John Carlson wore thick triangles under both eyes, while Alex Ovechkin had a thick ring of eye black circling his mouth, and a thick, curved streak running under his eyes and across the bridge of his nose.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation DC

You must be a member of SB Nation DC to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation DC. You should read them.

Join SB Nation DC

You must be a member of SB Nation DC to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation DC. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.