Thousands fill D.C.’s National Mall to celebrate the Caps, Stanley Cup Champs.
Fans congregated on the National Mall hours before the parade began, filled the steps of the National Archives and lined up 20 deep in some areas to catch a glimpse of players riding more than three dozen buses from 23rd Street to 7th.
“Look at this — look at the people that’s here” Ovechkin said. “We thought it was going to be crazy, but it’s basically nuts. You guys are killing it.”
Ovechkin, Backstrom, veteran Brooks Orpik, owner Ted Leonsis and team president Dick Patrick took up the most prominent place in the parade on the last bus with the Stanley Cup. Chants of “Ovi! Ovi!” alternated with pleas of “Raise the Cup!” which Ovechkin, Backstrom and Orpik did off and on while sipping from beer bottles.
By the end of the sun-soaked rally, Capitals players swayed together and sang Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” a song they’ve been belting out renditions of with varying sobriety over the past few days.
“It’s been a long time since we had a championship here in this city,” Backstrom said. “To be able to after all these years to bring it, it’s great. It’s a sports city. There’s not another city that deserves a championship more than D.C.”
The ALL CAPS Party continues!
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