WASHINGTON — Unafraid of the approaching closing of the subway, Capitals followers partied within the streets Thursday evening and into Friday morning to have a good time the franchise’s first Stanley Cup and town’s first title within the main 4 skilled sports activities since 1992.
After the Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights Four-Three on the highway in Sport 5, celebrations erupted inside their dwelling enviornment on the viewing social gathering and round Chinatown.
Confetti lined followers who stuffed Capital One Area, and chants of “We want the Cup!” became “We received the Cup!”
Outdoors, followers watching on video boards chanted “Ovi! Ovi!” as captain Alex Ovechkin was introduced the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP with 15 objectives. The gang cheered wildly when Ovechkin lifted the Cup to finish his 13th season and the franchise’s 43rd. The Capitals had made the Cup Closing solely as soon as earlier than and the semifinals twice.
One fan held up an indication studying, “Now I Can Die In Peace” — a sentiment made well-known in hockey when the New York Rangers received in 1994 after 54 years between Cup victories.
This was new for at the very least a technology of D.C. sports activities followers. The championship is the primary by a Washington skilled sports activities staff within the NFL, NBA, NHL or Main League Baseball for the reason that Redskins received the Tremendous Bowl on Jan. 26, 1992, and got here 40 years to the day the Bullets received basketball’s title.
As law enforcement officials blocked F Road and bulletins have been made concerning the final Metro prepare, many followers ignored these pleas and saved partying on the steps of the Nationwide Portrait Gallery and in bars surrounding the rink.
A few followers climbed mild poles and one even scaled the close by dragon tower.
“It’s just a relief, man,” longtime Capitals fan Arash Tafakor said amid the celebration. “We have not had a championship in a very long time. This places the monkey off our again — all of D.C. sports activities.”