The Washington Capitals arrived at Nationals Park on Saturday not long after the black trunk with their beloved Stanley Cup, both parties understandably worn down after 36 hours of celebrating their new union.
Fans still feeling Thursday night's loss piled into the arsenal at City National to grab the last gear from the very first season.
"Can't win them all, but I love the team", said Paul, a fan. "It's so important for a team to have that sort of "I love coming to work" attitude, which our guys did, and you can do some pretty special things. I'm going to go to more games next year".
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"I can't say I'm totally unhappy that the Capitals won", Lilian admitted. Didn't get to a result, but I appreciate how much they want me to stay here, too.
He's now a Stanley Cup champion as owner of a team that Forbes Magazine rates as the 11-richest in the National Hockey League at $625 million, a return on investment for Leonsis of 735 per cent (39 per cent per year over 19 years). In the meantime, valley residents are holding on to so much hope for the group of "golden misfits" to keep that momentum next season. He goes, 'I'm good at it.' That's not good. "It's our team; it made everyone vegas strong. We've talked to him, and we'll continue to talk to him". Rookie Christian Djoos was wearing a "Djoos Is Loose" T-shirt - because T.J. Oshie bought it off a fan he saw wearing it outside of the team's practice facility that afternoon.
From Las Vegas to Washington and with more than a few drinks in between, the Capitals are acting as if they haven't been here before - because they haven't.
"I still can't believe it", Ovechkin said.