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  • Fans react during a viewing party for Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Capitals fans clog the streets outside Capital One Arena in Washington after Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas, Thursday, June 7, 2018. The Capitals won the Stanley Cup. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • A Washington Capitals fan holds a sign in the streets outside Capital One Arena in Washington after Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas, Thursday, June 7, 2018. The Capitals won the Stanley Cup. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Fans celebrate during a viewing party for Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Fans watch the big screen during a viewing party for Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Capitals fans celebrate in the streets outside Capital One Arena after Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Washington. The Capitals won the Stanley Cup with a 4-3 win Thursday night. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Friday, June 08, 2018 12:40 am

Caps fans celebrate Stanley Cup, first DC title since 1992

STEPHEN WHYNO | Associated Press

 

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of red-clad Capitals fans partied in the streets Thursday night 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. Fans chanted, "We got the Cup!" and then "Ovi! Ovi" as captain Alex Ovechkin was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

As police officers blocked F Street and announcements were made about the last subway 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.

The championship is the first by a Washington professional sports team in the NFL, NBA, NHL or Major League Baseball since the Redskins won the Super Bowl on Jan. 26, 1992.

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