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Friday Caps Clips: 2017-2018 Stanley Cup Champions

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Capitals did the thing!

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast of champions links:

  • Then there was the (players’) off-ice celly. [NHL, NoVa Caps, SiriusXM]
  • But honestly, it was DC’s night to shine. Here’s a few links to the watch parties and street celebrations, but honestly can’t capture the scale of the thing here. [WaPo (and again and again), Caps Outsider (and again), NHL, and the entirety of Dan Steinberg’s timeline.
  • Lord Stanley, from a fan’s perspective. [NBCSW]
  • After a decade of disappointment, the Caps made it over the final hurdle. [Sportsnet]
  • A team that always found a way. [CBC]
  • Alex Ovechkin’s legacy is secure, at long last. Not that it ever wasn’t secure, but... y’know. [ESPN, The Athletic, WaPo, NBCSW, @PostSports]
  • There’s more than one kind of legacy, and Mr. and Mrs. Ovechkin are working on the other one as we learned they are expecting their first child. [RMNB]
  • “In this game, it hit me that this was real and I had a chance to win the Stanley Cup. Before that, it felt like we were playing in the fourth round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.” Chandler Stephenson still can’t even. But he’s taking the Cup to Humboldt. [NHL]
  • Happy 39th birthday to Quintin Laing and Bryan Muir turns 45 today.
  • On a personal note, I wasn’t sure what to expect on this day in 2009 when I logged on to Japers’ Rink for the very first time. As it turns out, I could expect great joy, and great pain, and great people with whom to write about, think about, and drink about Capitals hockey. But there was no way to know that exactly nine years from that date I would be blogging a championship. Cheers, friends!
  • Finally: