Still from video, courtesy @TaylorTarter, Twitter
WASHINGTON - Since the Washington Capitals' win on Thursday night, the team has been celebrating non-stop, in particular, star captain Alex Ovechkin.
Ovechkin is taking every chance he can get to lift the Cup, whether it was coming off the plane with Nicklas Backstrom on Friday or on the field Saturday before and after his two tries at a ceremonial first pitch.
From Las Vegas to Washington and with more than a few drinks in between, the Capitals are acting as if they haven't been here before — because they haven't. They're the first new Cup champion since the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 and finally are atop the NHL after nine early playoff exits.
"I just Cup holder right now," Ovechkin said.
On Saturday, following the Nationals game, the Caps were seen around Georgetown -- and a viral video by Taylor Tarter @TaylorTarter on Twitter, captured the team running into a fountain by the waterfront.
Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie ran into the fountain with the cup, before encouraging bystanders to jump in with them.
In Vegas, the Washington Capitals took the Stanley Cup through the MGM Grand and to a dance club on the Las Vegas Strip. They took it to a popular bar not far from their suburban practice facility.
Once the Caps were back in DC, they went out to Don Tito's in Arlington, sharing the cup with fans and even drinking out of it.
"I still can't believe it," Ovechkin said. "I think no one still can believe like we did and we are right now Stanley Cup champions. But it's great, I think. Something you will never forget."
No one's going to take issue with the Capitals having a good time after they became just the second team in NHL history to win the Cup after trailing in all four playoff series.
The fun is not going to stop until at least Tuesday, when the Capitals will parade the Cup down Constitution Avenue and are feted at a rally on the National Mall.
"It's going to be amazing," Backstrom said. "Not just for us, (but) for the city of Washington I think that has waited a long time for this. It's going to be great to share that with them."