Peter Laviolette On Zdeno Chara’s Goal Celebration: “It Was One Of The Coolest Things Ive Seen In A Long Time, With Regard To A Teammate”

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After giving up three goals in the first period of last nights game against the New York Islanders, the Washington Capitals erupted for five-unanswered goals in the second period to take a 5-3 lead into the second intermission.

The Capitals fifth goal of the middle frame came off the stick of Zdeno Chara at 18:30 of the second period, causing a frenzy on the Capitals bench.

In his postgame presser, Capitals’ head coach Peter Laviolette was asked about the raucous celebration that followed Chara’s goal.

“It was awesome. There was a lot of emotion on the bench at that point. We had fought hard to get back into game, so there was a lot of emotion just with the climbing back into the game,” said Laviolette. “Those things I think are really good for a team, I think they can help galvanize a team.”

Laviolette added “Not everybody is new, but there are a lot of new pieces. So our team is new. Comebacks and adversity, and a moment like that, and everybody is pulling for Zee to be the great player he is, and tonight I thought he had a awesome game, both defensively and offensively. So when that moment aroused his teammates, they let him know, it was pretty awesome. I said after the game, it was one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time with regard to a teammate.”

After his goal, Chara said he immediately turned to the Capitals bench because he wanted to share in the celebration with his new teammates.

”I turned to the bench, to the guys right away because I wanted to share that joy and excitement with them. Since day one, they really did an amazing job welcoming me, making that transition as easy and simple as possible for me, so I owe it to them,” said Chara.

Chara added “I can’t thank them enough to accept me in the group and welcome me like they did. It’s a great group of guys, we are having fun, and working hard to push each other to be better”

The Capitals will a practice at noon on Friday to begin preparations for the Boston Bruins. The Capitals and Bruins open their two-game set on Saturday at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m.

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 passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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4 Responses to Peter Laviolette On Zdeno Chara’s Goal Celebration: “It Was One Of The Coolest Things Ive Seen In A Long Time, With Regard To A Teammate”

  1. Scottlew73 says:

    So not to wee-wee on the fire,but with thier “karate kid” ensemble for post game celebration is it sanitized before it’s given to next ” winner”? I think maybe in light of these times where Millions have lost thier life to Covid,these OverPaid children could refrain from passing hat or any other prop amongest themselves!! We have kids especially in Canada that aren’t allowed to come to arenas & practise,let alone play games!! Maybe instead of these “Prop” team building photos,they could take let’s say $1000.00 out of pocket & donate to minor hockey or any other sports programs that are suffering from kids not being able to participate because of this crap!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Scottlew73 Are you for real right now?? They are in the locker room, celebrate and hug each other after scoring, and are on the bench together. Who cares that they swap the bandanna. Also, not sure where you are , but in FL youth hockey is going strong.

    • Caps& Cats says:

      Thanks Karen

    • hockeydruid says:

      Sorry to hear you have sour grapes. Have you thought they even “Overpaid children” need props at this time. And even if it were not the time of the virus many teams do something like this after games. Its truly a shame that you dont see the comradery it creates, especially on a team like this one who is playing so many new players. As far as taking money out of their pocket to why should they? If that is what you want then why dont you suggest it to management and offer to match dollar for dollar that every player donates! I guess that when you were growing up your parents must ahv made you sit in the closet and your bath toys were a toaster adn radio. Shame on you for begrudging them a celebration just because you never had one. FOr me I think it was great and really liked the celebration on the ice when ZZZZZ scored! Now that is showing team unity!

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