Remembering an epic night with the Washington Capitals and Nationals.
When the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup in 2018, the Washington Nationals baseball team hosted them at a ballgame to celebrate their accomplishment. It was only natural the Caps would return the favor and they did exactly that after the Nats won the World Series.
One day after the Nats paraded around town they partied at Capital One Arena where there was beer chugging through jerseys and much more chaos. The game overall was a good one with Jakub Vrana notching his first career hat trick but even if the Caps lost it still would’ve been a fun night as the game itself was secondary to the craziness of that night.
Tom Wilson, Braden Holtby and Evgeny Kuznetsov each rolled to the arena in their Nats jerseys, Wilson’s in particular was a Max Scherzer jersey. The night began with Ryan Zimmerman reading the lineup and Adam Eaton chugging a beer through his jersey with the Caps cheering him on.
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After the Caps took the ice, the Nats were announced as they came out with the Commissioner’s Trophy to cheers from the crowd. Sean Doolittle also expressed excitement about meeting the team dog Captain. When they got to their suite the drinking continued and each player took turns holding up the trophy and firing up the crowd.
The Flames took a 1-0 lead but Jakub Vrana answered with two goals to put the Caps in front. Everyone in the crowd also did the Baby Shark as both the song played and the organist keyed it. Before the second period ended, Vrana completed the hat trick with a breakaway goal. To everyone’s surprise, Adam Eaton was down there by the tunnel with the trophy helping throw hats onto the ice.
During the intermission, Nats players rode around in the zamboni and took their shirts off and waved them around as the crowd went wild, trophy in the air, everything. The Caps went 1-0 with a 4-2 win.
After the game, the Nats players took turns trying to skate on the ice before the party continued in the Caps locker room. The teams sang We are the Champions, and the boozing continued deep into the night.
As a D.C. sports fan, this was one of my favorite nights of last year besides the Nats winning the World Series. It was the cap of a memorable October and a two year run as the District of Champions.