Welcome Back Tiger! Washington Capitals Pay Tribute To Stanley Cup Hero Lars Eller On Opening Night Against Pittsburgh

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The Washington Capitals’ much-anticipated Opening Night brought with it a number of headlines, among some personnel shuffling prior to puck drop, the first game for Head Coach Spencer Carbery, and come game time, a tribute to longtime Center Lars Eller.

Eller, who signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins in free agency, was honored by the Caps with a video tribute and rousing standing ovation from the Capital One Arena faithful during the first period.

Acquired by Washington at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft from the Montreal Canadiens, Eller spent seven seasons in the District, playing in 488 games and recording 208 Points (87 Goals, 121 Assists). He is best remembered for scoring the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in Game 5 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights, securing the Caps’ first-ever championship in their second trip to the Stanley Cup Final in franchise history.

Eller was met with a standing ovation from the Capitals’ faithful, acknowledging them with a wave from the bench.

As part of the Caps’ sell-off at the 2023 trade deadline, Eller was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche, with whom he played just 24 games before departing to the Steel City in free agency, inking a two-year deal with the Pens.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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