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It happened. It finally happened. The Washington Capitals are the Stanley Cup Champions! They bested the Las Vegas Golden Knights last night for the fourth time, knocking the expansion team out of the playoffs, leaving only the Caps left standing. And atop the highest mountain, they claimed their long awaited prize.
The celebration continued after the broadcast went off the air, and well into the morning. Capitals stars Brooks Orpik, Philipp Grubauer, and Jakub Vrana were all seen on their respective social media accounts celebrating together just shortly before the sun came up. The boys in Red, with Lord Stanley’s Cup in tow, are now safely aboard their plane headed for DC.
Many people have since taken to their social media accounts to congratulate Ovechkin and the rest of the team on a hard-earned victory. Here is just a sample of the love coming to the Caps.
For starters, let’s take a look at some of the other big names in The District.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) June 8, 2018
Good morning, @Capitals.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) June 8, 2018
STANLEY. CUP. CHAMPS.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 8, 2018
But DC’s other professional sports teams weren’t the only ones who took time to congratulate the Capitals; some of the stars who play on those teams weighed in as well!
— Ryan Kerrigan (@RyanKerrigan91) June 8, 2018
— Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) June 8, 2018
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) June 8, 2018
I know there are a lot of people who aren’t sympathetic to Bryce Harper’s loss, as he was cheering for the Golden Knights. But I say cut the man some slack. Las Vegas is his hometown, after all. And he lost with grace and embraced the DC community by praising the Capitals, and especially Holtby. Harper is a generational baseball talent, and we all love having him DC despite his Vegas roots. Seems like at the end of the day, he’s proud to be part of the DC community, too.
— John Wall (@JohnWall) June 8, 2018
Outside of DC, we found a lot of love coming in from all around the world. People everywhere were ecstatic to see the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time!
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 8, 2018
Darren Rovell caught this sight in the heart of DC last night. Look at all those fans! Kinda looks like the… walking red.
Get it? …No?
Okay. Moving on.
— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) June 8, 2018
I think Pat might be getting a little ahead of himself, but he did do bang up job of introducing the starting line up in Game 3, so we’ll let him have has moment.
Meanwhile, on Instagram, WWE Superstar Luke Harper (of the Bludgeon Brothers faction) also expressed his excitement for the Capitals, and especially for Ovechkin. Earlier this year, while WWE was touring in DC, Harper uploaded a picture of himself sitting in Ovechkin’s locker space at the Capital One Arena preparing for his match that night. I think it’s safe to assume this massive man is a Capitals fan. If not, he at least enjoys good hockey. We’re not sure who Larry is, but we believe Harper posts in character as his WWE-self.
Congratulations to the Washington Capitals on their GREAT play and winning the Stanley Cup Championship. Alex Ovechkin, the team captain, was spectacular – a true Superstar! D.C. is popping, in many ways. What a time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2018
He’s a man of many controversies and mixed acclaim, but President Trump, regardless of how you feel about him, expressed his approval in as presidential manner as anyone could!
After 726 days of being Stanley Cup Champions, it’s time to pass the torch.
Congratulations to the Washington Capitals on a well-deserved championship victory.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 8, 2018
But perhaps the most shocking of congratulations came from our admirable adversaries. After the final horn sounds, there’s nothing but respect between our nation’s capitol and the steel city. Thank you, Pittsburgh Penguins. We’ll be clashing with you again before we know it.
By: Chris Laroche