Capitals Prospect Alex Alexeyev Scores Two Goals In First Six Minutes Of Game

Photo: Salavat Yuleav Ufa

Washington Capitals Prospect Alexander Alexeyev scored two goals in the first six minutes of today’s game against Niznekamsk. Alexeyev also had an assist in the game.

Alexeyev’s first goal of the game came just 58 seconds into the contest, giving Salavat an early 1-0 lead. Alexeyev would receive the puck at the right point, cross the ice and fire one from the top of the left circle for the score.

Alexeyev’s second score came at 5:19 of the second period. The score was very similar to the first, as Alexeyev received the puck at the top of the slot, moved to his left and fired a shot from the left dot, giving Salavat a 2-1 lead early in the first period.

After a mostly quiet month of November, Alexeyev’s two goals today give him four goals and four assists on the season. His minutes have picked up in November as well.

After the game, Alexeyev was awarded the player of the game and the team’s signature hat that goes along with the honors.

Alexeyev was asked in an interview for the team website following the game if he was getting more comfortable playing in the KHL.

“Well, yes, with every game it gets better and better, I start to feel the game here in the KHL. The coaches trust, they say what to do, and I do it.”

Alexeyev was also asked about the fact he is on loan to Salavat and when he might be returning to Washington.

“So far nothing has been said, nothing has been heard.”

Alexeyev has settled in on the right side of the third pair, where he has played for most games in November. Whether a request by the Capitals, or just based on defensive needs by Salavat, Alexeyev’s consistent play on the right side is a good sign for the Capitals, who are thin with right-side defensive prospects.  [Click to enlarge]

The Capitals announced on September 3 that defensive Alexeyev has been loaned to Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He is expected to return to United States for the start of Capitals training camp.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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