Ovechkin's ceremonial 1st pitch was anything but Cup-worthy

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He became the first Russian and third European behind former Detroit Red Wings star Nicklas Lidstrom and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins to captain a Stanley Cup victor.

Trotz said Ovechkin's "got to work on his pitching".

"So I think they're wide open for business".

"Pretty bummed, but we had a good season", Golden Knights fan Jennifer said.

Or maybe 36 hours into party time he should've handed the ball to Trotz after carrying the Cup on to the field.

"I've been here nearly 14 years, and I don't, I won't ever go home and that's my team", said Jennifer.

The Capitals took the Stanley Cup through the MGM Grand and to a dance club on the Las Vegas Strip. Then they took it to Nationals Park, where they kept hoisting it from a suite to the roars of the crowd. This weekend is for celebrating.

The Stanley Cup is a big win for Capital One, which replaced Verizon (and before it MCI) as the Caps' arena naming rights partner for $10 million United States dollars per year; the second-largest naming deal in the National Hockey League behind only the new ScotiaBank titling of what is the Air Canada Centre for another three months. Players lifted up their drinks with arms around each other's shoulders as "We Are The Champions" played.

Even the bridesmaid Vegas Golden Knights stand as winners after a remarkable inaugural season that made them the most successful expansion launch in North American professional sport history.

David Schoen: James Neal conintued: "Honestly I just want to win". The first Cup is bringing out the deepest emotions for the superstar captain and his teammates and coaches.

"I'm going to follow them forever", Paul said. "I've been dreaming about this since I started playing here and driving down Constitution every game, and it always popped into my head that one time we're going to have a parade here and finally that day is here. I'm going to go to more games next year". "Something you will never forget".

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