After drinking their way across Washington this past weekend, Stanley Cup in tow, the Washington Capitals continued their pseudo frat party on the Mall Tuesday afternoon.
There was beer — a whole lot of beer — and also a championship parade that drew tens of thousands of Capitals fans to Constitution Avenue. Evgeny Kuznetsov exited the team bus carrying a case of Bud Light, and veteran Brooks Orpik tossed beers into the crowd. The parade ended with the Capitals sitting on a stage, which is where players took performed a drinking show. T.J. Oshie drank a beer through his shirt, a feat he also showcased at the Nationals game on Saturday. Orpik, a 37-year-old defenseman, crushed a beer before two teammates hugged him in celebration. Even Matt Niskanen, a low-key veteran defenseman, tilted his head back for a long swig of Bud Light before throwing his pointer finger into the air.
“Lastly,” Ovechkin said, once the drinking subsided. “Before the year, I said … not we said, I said …”
The Capitals captain paused to gear up for a profanity-laced line.
“We’re not going to be [expletive] suck this year,” he yelled, loosely paraphrasing his preseason prediciton.
“We are Stanley Cup champions!” Ovechkin concluded.
Here are snapshots from the party, starting with Niskanen’s mini chug:
And, not to be forgotten, Oshie:
“Sorry about my voice we’ve been partying in the streets for a couple of days,” Oshie said to the parade crowd. “We’ve got a new chant for you today: Back to back! Back to back!”
If that also means back-to-back post-championship benders, the Capitals better stay away from beer for a few months.
Devante Smith-Pelly carried both his beer and a wrestling belt to the stage.
There were also notable dances from a couple of the younger Capitals.
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