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Saturday Caps Clips: The Boys are Back in Town

...and they brought a shiny new friend. All about the Caps’ triumphant return to the District and some afterglow from their Cup-clinching win.

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

Your savory breakfast links:

  • A toast to the champs! [Rink]
  • On champions, legacies, and the question of what’s next in yesterday’s Narrative. [Rink]
  • Breaking down the goal that broke the drought. [Rink]
  • Relive some of the best of the Cup-winning game in our gallery of pics. [Rink]
  • Hear from our own Jason Rogers on what this victory means to town and team. [Rink]
  • After 44 years, the wait is over. [NBCSW (video), SI, Sport360, Sporting News, NHL (video)]
  • We’ve known what his legacy should be, but winning the Cup erases all doubt on Alex Ovechkin for the rest of the hockey world. [SBN, The Ringer, NHL (and again, with more), The Star, AP, The Score]
  • The moment he finally became a Stanley Cup champion was a special one filled with unbridled joy. [NBCSW]
  • It’s been a long 14-year journey to the championship for Ovechkin... [NBCSW (video), NBC Sports, Vancouver Sun]
  • ...and he was a shoo-in for his first Conn Smythe Trophy after a dominant postseason... [NHL]
  • ...and oh yeah, he may not be done yet. [AP]
  • The journey has been even longer for owner Ted Leonsis, who finally got to see his team win the ultimate prize. [NHL]
  • Same goes for Barry Trotz, who waited 19 years to get a team to the Cup and is savoring every minute of it. [NHL]
  • Braden Holtby has been a consistently strong playoff performer who’s been the recipient of some bad luck; those days are over. [NBC Sports]
  • A few leftovers from a truly magical night. [FTW, Knights on Ice, Caps video (Holtby, Niskanen]
  • Yup - that just happened. [RMNB, FiCP]
  • Two moments that defined a series. [NHL]
  • Welcome home, boys. And welcome to DC, Lord Stanley. [WaPo, NBCSW (video), NBC4, WTOP, NoVa Caps]
  • Get to know our shiny new silver friend. [NBCSW]
  • First stop in the area? A visit to Clarendon eatery Don Tito for a private roof party. [ARLNow, FiCP]
  • Next up is a visit to Nats Park later today, where the whole team will be on hand with the Cup and Ovechkin will throw out the first pitch. [Caps NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • The plans are all set for the first championship parade in DC in almost three decades. [NHL, Caps, NoVa Caps, NBCSW, NBC4, WashTimes, Caps Outsider, Sporting News]
  • So what might Tuesday’s parade look like? Past celebrations could provide clues. [WaPo]
  • There was plenty of rhyme and reason behind who got the Cup when, mixed with just a touch of sentiment. [WaPo]
  • Both the win that clinched the Cup and the team that did the clinching were stacked with character, and plenty of heart that will be tough to replicate. [Sports Capitol, LA Times]
  • A look at some facts, figures, and unsung heroes from this historic run. [NHL, The Score]
  • They may not have played much, or at all; still, the team’s black aces were a key part of the run to the Cup. [WashTimes]
  • There’s no such thing as a curse, but not winning the Presidents’ Trophy this year may have been the best thing that could have happened. [Caps Outsider]
  • No win is complete without hearing the dulcet tones of John Walton closing it out, and the Cup-clinching calls are well worth a listen. [NHL, NBCSW]
  • A Cup winner as both player and general manager, Brian MacLellan now joins an elite group. [NoVa Caps]
  • How the Caps did it. [NHL]
  • The 10 most memorable moments from the playoffs. [The Score]
  • For T.J. Oshie and his father, a moment with the Cup was a particularly poignant one. [NHL, Twin Cities]
  • What happens in Vegas doesn’t entirely stay in Vegas - follow along for a (likely cleaned-up) tale of the team’s first night with the Cup. [WaPo, Sporting News]
  • While the team was partying it up on the Strip, the fans were rocking the red back in the District - including some other DC athletes. [NHL, Deadspin, WaPo (and video), NBCSW, ESPN, PBS, AFP, FiCP, WashTimes (and again)]
  • It wasn’t just Caps fans who were pulling for the local boys to pull this one off. [WIIM, NoVa Caps]
  • Now that they’ve won the Cup, the Caps become the new gold standard for the rest of the NHL to imitate. []
  • Plenty of individual records were shattered during this run - and with the addition of the Cup, they now actually mean something. [Caps Outsider]
  • Perhaps this win will have a positive impact on the rest of the city’s sports teams. [SI, NBCSW]
  • The playoffs are the perfect time for surprising heroes to emerge - and the hero of DC is Devante Smith-Pelly. [WaPo, NHL]
  • Meanwhile Lars Eller made history as the first Dane to get his name on the Stanley Cup, and made his hometown (and adopted hometown) proud in the process. [WaPo, WashTimes, Caps Outsider, The Score]
  • A couple of former Habs playing crucial roles in a Cup clinch has some up north experiencing a bit of seller’s remorse. [Gazette]
  • Chandler Stephenson is going to make good on his promise to bring the Cup to the grieving town of Humboldt. [CBC]
  • Luck is what you make of it. [Peerless]
  • Politicians representing all parts of the region and country were pulling for the Caps to pull off a victory. [WaPo]
  • The Cup hasn’t even been pried out of Ovechkin’s hands yet and already the questions arise: what’s next? [PHT, NoVa Caps]
  • As far as Trotz is concerned, he seems willing to come back to the Caps. [NHL]
  • Finally, these videos have been just sheer perfection throughout the playoffs... and the latest one is no exception.