1. So... that happened.
Some of our favorite moments (a by-no-means-comprehensive collection, so add yours in the comments):
Alex Ovechkin is a damn Stanley Cup Champion pic.twitter.com/t9KU1RbrMi— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) June 8, 2018
TJ Oshie talking about his dad wrecked me pic.twitter.com/2A2hjmx8TE— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 8, 2018
T.J. Oshie got to lift the Stanley Cup with his dad, who has Alzheimer’s. What a moment. pic.twitter.com/BxEeASlMot— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) June 8, 2018
I’m absolutely dead at everyone turning away from the Stanley Cup to look back at boobs on the glass pic.twitter.com/htPvQ6TWsJ— DL (@davelozo) June 8, 2018
2. Real talk: Alex Ovechkin was and is one of the greatest players in NHL history whether or not he ever won a Cup... but, as Greg Wyshynski put it best in his epic profile of the Caps’ captain, now there are no “buts”:
So what does winning the Cup do for one’s legacy? Well, let’s look at the company Ovechkin now keeps (after a quick pic):
Alex Ovechkin takes home the Conn Smythe Trophy as postseason MVP— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 8, 2018
Ovechkin is the 4th player with 3 Hart Trophies (regular season MVP) and a Conn Smythe pic.twitter.com/kkJWgznFqy
Statistically, Alex Ovechkin's had greater years on paper (ie. 69 goals in 89 reg season & playoff GP combined in 2007-08). But 2017-18 stands above them all, as his place here demonstrates pic.twitter.com/TW76erC3nx— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) June 8, 2018
3. Along with plenty of champagne, there were a couple of elephants in the room last night...
#Caps GM Brian MacLellan on Barry Trotz: “He’s under contract until July 1 and he just won a Stanley Cup. If he wants to be back...he’ll be back.”— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) June 8, 2018
I asked Trotz if he sees a future for himself in Washington: "Absolutely. Absolutely."— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 8, 2018
Bring ‘em all back. Keep this team together forever - they’re damn legends.