Unafraid of the impending closing of the subway Kevin Hogan Jersey , Capitals fans partied in the streets Thursday night and into Friday morning to celebrate the franchise’s first Stanley Cup and the city’s first title in the major four professional sports since 1992.
After the Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 on the road in Game 5, celebrations erupted inside their home arena at the viewing party and around Chinatown. Confetti covered fans who filled Capital One Arena, and chants of ”We Want The Cup!” became ”We Got The Cup!”
Outside, fans watching on video boards chanted ”Ovi! Ovi!” as captain Alex Ovechkin was presented the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP with 15 goals. The crowd cheered wildly when Ovechkin lifted the Cup to complete his 13th season and the franchise’s 43rd .
The Capitals had only made the Cup Final once before and the semifinals twice. One fan held up a sign reading, ”Now I Can Die In Peace” – which was made famous in hockey when the New York Rangers won in 1994.
This was new for at least a generation of D.C. sports fans. The championship is the first by a Washington professional sports team in the NFL, NBA Womens Terrell Suggs Jersey , NHL or Major League Baseball since the Redskins won the Super Bowl on Jan. 26, 1992, and came 40 years to the day the Bullets won basketball’s title.
As police officers blocked F Street and announcements were made about the last Metro train, many fans ignored those pleas and kept partying on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery and in bars surrounding the rink. A couple of fans climbed light poles and one even scaled the nearby dragon tower.
”It’s just a relief, man,” longtime Capitals fan Arash Tafakor said amid the celebration. ”We haven’t had a championship in a long time. This puts the monkey off our back – all of D.C. sports.”
ALAMEDA patrick mahomes authentic jersey , Calif. (AP) — Donald Penn acknowledged being a big rusty when he got his first game action in more than nine months at an unfamiliar position.
He was beaten for a sack on the opening drive for the Oakland Raiders and allowed a few other pressures in his first NFL start at right tackle after 170 games and three Pro Bowl selections on the left side.
“I was excited to get out there and try it out live,” Penn said. “It’s a different speed in practice than it is in the game. I wish I could have done some things a lot better than I did. I saw some things that I need to fix and some things I need to work on. The biggest part of it was just trying to build up my confidence, trying to get some confidence in this foot, pushing off on it and planting and sustaining against other big guys going into me. That was the biggest part.”
The 35-year-old Penn had not played a game since Dec. 15 when he injured his right foot in a game, leading to a season-ending surgery. Penn missed the entire offseason program and watched as the Raiders planned for life after he’s done by drafting Kolton Miller in the first round to be the team’s long-term left tackle.
Penn started training camp on the physically unable to perform list and took a pay cut for this season before being activated two weeks ago. He was then immediately moved to the right side, where he had played only 24 career snaps in an emergency back in the 2016 opener.
Penn said he’s still getting used to the switch Maxx Williams Jersey , which he has equated to learning how to write with the opposite hand. Penn has spent extra time on the practice field since coming back from the injury and vows to be ready for the season opener Sept. 10, against the Los Angeles Rams.
He said he’s even open to playing the exhibition finale on Thursday night at Seattle just to get more work even though the rest of the starting offense is expected to sit out.
“The biggest thing I need from myself is just more repetition, just more practice,” he said. “The good thing is, time is on my side. I have time to get this stuff fixed, time to get more comfortable over there and get a better feel on that side and the different mechanics and techniques over there. That’s one thing I’m happy about is that time is on my side.”
Penn showed he still needs some work after getting 20 snaps in the exhibition game against Green Bay.
Oakland’s opening drive that game stalled when Packers linebacker Reggie Gilbert bull-rushed Penn and knocked him into quarterback Derek Carr Sven Baertschi Jersey , forcing a fumble that the Raiders recovered. That turned a possible touchdown into a field goal.
Penn was beaten a couple other times but coach Jon Gruden said he was pleased with the overall play.
“I’m sure people will point to that and say it wasn’t a good performance,” Gruden said. “But I thought for his first time back on the field in a long time, going against the first team in the Packers, I thought he did some good things.”