This isn’t Red Wings-related per se, but The Athletic’s Sara Civian penned an excellent article about the relationship between Red Wings forward Evgeny Svechnikov and his more-heralded brother, Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov:
Since Evgeny was 3 and a half years old and his little brother was born, they’d always had each other. And since as long as they can remember, they’ve held onto the idea of someday playing together in the National Hockey League.
No one in Andrei Svechnikov’s camp is surprised that the versatile No. 2 overall pick scored his first goal in his third NHL game. No one’s even surprised that it was the first stolen lead in an 8-5 thriller, or that Andrei had logged a handful of assists before he did the damn thing.
“I had no doubt,” Evgeny said. “I had no doubt he was gonna do it.”
As fast as this league moves, as bonkers as the rest of the Hurricanes’ Sunday win was, the Svechnikovs aren’t letting this particular goal go uncelly’d.
“I’ve waited for this my whole life,” Andrei said, sweat still dripping. “It’s my dream. My dream came true.”
“It’s huge,” Evgeny said of both the goal and their relationship. “It’s everything.”