The Summer of Alex Ovechkin has officially begun, and by God, it’s going to be glorious.
After singing and drinking the night away in Las Vegas following their Stanley Cup victory, the Capitals touched down back in Washington, where they haven’t stopped singing, or drinking, or celebrating the first championship in the franchise’s history.
The booze-infused tour continued Saturday afternoon, when the Washington Nationals invited the freshly crowned NHL champs to Nationals Park to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. And after getting that distinct honor (and actually getting a mulligan) Ovechkin and co. made their way up to a booth, and were interviewed MASN’s Dan Kolko.
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The tricky thing about interviewing a group of professional athletes who have been celebrating for about 36 hours is the ensuing product is rather unpredictable. So queue Ovechkin and teammates. who gave one hell of an entertaining soundbyte.
This is the best interview of 2018.@masnKolko asks Ovi what it’s like to be in front of this many D.C. sports fans after winning the Stanley Cup.
He and his teammates start singing “We Are The Champions.” pic.twitter.com/udAJuOVIZQ
— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) June 9, 2018
It wasn’t a particularly difficult question thrown out to Ovechkin — “What has this been like? This is your first time in front of this many sports fans back in DC since you won the Cup — but Ovechkin didn’t really have much to say.
“Oh, it’s great, we have fun,” Ovechkin said in the most non-obvious answer he could have given.
And as he stumbled to try to find his way into the rest of a statement, Tom Wilson, his linemate whose job in part it is to protect Ovechkin, did just that, helping him break out in song.
There’s a whole lot to dissect there. Wilson makes it about one line into singing before breaking off and pouring Bud Light down his throat (how else is one supposed to consume Bud Light). Whoever is to Ovechkin’s left — for once, not Nicklas Backstrom — is wearing sunglasses inside, a sure sign that he might be in one. Wilson also tries to throw beer on Andre Burakovskiy, which, again, Bud Light, so no big deal.
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It’s been an eventful start to the celebration for the Capitals, who after years of frustrating finishes finally captured their first championship. T.J. Oshie literally commandeered a shirt off a fan’s back so he could give to to Christian Djoos. The team spent Friday night spraying champagne off the roof of Don Tito’s (an Arlington bar) onto the adjacent sidewalk. Simply put, things are off to a running start.
Here’s proof of Oshie taking the shirt off this guy’s back! pic.twitter.com/XP2tnA8WDH
— Eugene Soh (@e_soh) June 9, 2018
New shirt ? #DjoosIsLoose pic.twitter.com/mQVLP6lAnr
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 9, 2018
Ovechkin himself obviously has a lot to celebrate. In addition to capturing his first Cup, he also won the Conn Smythe award, and set a Capitals postseason record for most goals in a single playoff run.