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Capitals enjoy day with Stanley Cup at Nationals game


It might be some time before Alex Ovechkin relinquishes his grip on the Stanley Cup.

So far, pictures have shown him hoisting it not long after his Washington Capitals won it in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights. Hoisting it long into the night in Sin City. Spooning it as he slept on the plane back to D.C. And then lifting it back over his head at every moment since.

He’s like a kid on Christmas Day showing off his prized gift. It’s been pretty fun to watch.

The Capitals were at the Washington National’s baseball game on Saturday, and you can guess what Ovechkin was doing:

And my personal favourite from the afternoon:

The Conn Smythe winner did take a break to throw out the first pitch before the game. And the second pitch, too.

There was also this very bad yet very funny rendition of Queen’s We Are The Champions, complete with beer and a lot of missing words.

On Friday night, the Caps held a private party atop Don Tito, a popular watering hole in Arlington, Va.

The Capitals will hold their formal parade on Tuesday down Constitution Avenue.

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

Report: NHL, Nationals in discussion on Winter Classic venue


News of the Washington Capitals hosting the 2015 Winter Classic broke almost a year ago in September 2013, but as of this writing, there’s still no decision on a venue.

The Capitals and Blackhawks are scheduled to play outdoors in Washington on New Years Day.

According to a story in the Washington Post, there are still on-going discussions regarding a venue for the game.

NHL officials visited Nationals Park home to the Washington Nationals, RFK Stadium where the MLS’ D.C. United play home games and FedEx Field home of the Washington Redskins.

The report says FedEx Field has already been ruled out due to a Dec. 28 football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Redskins. According to the Post, there wouldn’t be enough time following the football game for an outdoor rink to be assembled for a 1 p.m. puck drop on Jan. 1.

Events DC CEO Greg O’Dell confirmed that the NHL is currently in discussions with the Nationals to host the Winter Classic at the ball park.

“I have not been told definitively by anybody that they have ceased discussions,” he said.

The January game will be the second one outdoors for the Capitals while the Blackhawks played in the 2009 Winter Classic and played against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Stadium Series game last season.

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