Apparently, the Capitals had quite a bit to drink. But they have good reason to celebrate. They dislike shirts. They like fountains. They’re in favor of partying with the general public.
As fans continue to capture and share images of the Capitals partying in public, follow the team’s Saturday night on the town, which is already off to a rollicking start.
6 p.m. — Nick’s Riverside Grill and Tony and Joe’s Seafood, Georgetown
At some point, Braden Holtby gets his now-famous gay pride hat.
6:45 p.m. — In a party bus singing Blink 182
The Caps split up here, with Jakub Vrana, Andre Burakovsky, Braden Holtby and potentially others boarding a party bus en route to Adams Morgan, where Vrana and Burakovsky got tattoos.
Apparently, if you want to hang with the Caps, learn to speak Swedish. At least three of the mere mortals who were invited on the party bus are Swedish and were able to chat with Andre Burakovsky in his native tongue.
“We are Swedish (and die hard Caps fans),” Twitter user and Caps fan Karl Johan wrote in a Twitter message. “So we went down to the waterfront with my dad and we were just talking to Burky [Burakovsky] at the waterfront and then [got on] the bus to get tattoos.”
“Yeah so I ended up in front of the party bus and I heard a knocking on the window and it was my friend with Vrana (I obviously died at that sight) and they invited us to get on the bus,” Twitter user Brett Andersen said in a Twitter message. “We get on and it’s [Devonte Smith-Pelly], Holtby, Andre [Burakovsky], TJ [Oshie], and [Brett] Connolly. A few folks filtered off while we were waiting (my brother included) and then suddenly the bus started to move.
“It was just a lot of techno (Vrana was DJing) as it took us to the tattoo parlor in Adams Morgan. When we pulled up, the guys went directly into the tattoo parlor and I went with my friend to grab a drink next door. While waiting for their tattoos, some of the players joined us for drinks. Everyone was SUPER amazing and nice and kind. And since I am Swedish I was talking with Vrana and Burakovsky in Swedish which was crazy (Vrana played in Sweden, I didn’t realize he spoke Swedish that well).
“And I embarrassingly asked Holtby to sign my Game 4 ticket but he was delightfully gracious and did so. The bus was waiting for us so we got back on it which took us to Cafe Milano. When we got there, I said my goodbyes and peeled off.”
7:40 p.m. — The Cup gets in a cab
7:50 — Cafe Milano, Georgetown
8:00 p.m. — Tattoo Paradise, Adams Morgan
10:00 p.m. — Still at Cafe Milano
At least some of the team is still at Cafe Milano leading the 10,000th rendition of “We Are the Champions.”
10:14 p.m. — Ovechkin, Kuznetsov leave Cafe Milano
10:23 p.m. — Holtby, Oshie, Vrana arrive at Cafe Milano
11:20 p.m. — On the roof at Cafe Milano
At what point do the Cup minders get nervous?
11:40 p.m. — Back downstairs at Cafe Milano
“We got the Cup” chants this time. And Jakub Vrana has located Joe Beninati. And some fans.
11:41 p.m. — Braden Holtby at Gypsy Sally’s
The goalie apparently moved a few blocks away to the Georgetown music venue.
12:27 a.m. — T.J. Oshie kisses The Cup good night
And the Cup gets a much-needed respite. At least for a couple minutes, anyhow.
But Oshie has time for a good-bye song.
12:30 a.m. — Alex Ovechkin comes home with the Cup
It seems like the Great 8 might finally be getting some shut-eye. His wife, Nastasiya Ovechkina, posted a video on her Instagram story of her husband returning home and triumphantly hoisting the Cup over his head. And then getting a kiss from his mother.
12:35 a.m. — Wilson and Burakovsky arrive at St. Yves nightclub, DuPont Circle
1:10 a.m. — Backstrom arrives at St. Yves
Looks like the Caps’ night of partying is still just getting started.
Apparently Jakub Vrana was turned away from St. Yves.
1:10 a.m. — The whole gang (except Ovechkin) is at St. Yves
4:00 p.m. — Ovechkin is getting sushi
We have our first Alex Ovechkin sighting since he turned in after partying very hard Saturday night. He’s eating sushi off a conveyor belt in Tyson’s, because isn’t the thing you want after drinking like a wild man some raw fish served off an assembly line?
Oh, it is? You must be a Russian machine.
5:30 p.m. — Ovi goes grocery shopping
The Great 8 is apparently staying in tonight. For now, here he is at Harris Teeter in Tyson’s stocking up on groceries like a champion.
His wife later posted on Instagram a video of Ovechkin grilling, and singing. (Has he stopped singing since Thursday?)
7:00 p.m. — Burakovsky on a boat
At the Wharf in Southeast. Looks nice.
7:30 p.m. — Cup arrives at coaches’ party
Coaches are partying with the Cup tonight at Barry Trotz’s house. A neighbor tells us the Cup’s van is parked in front of Trotz’s house. Presumably, it will be a far tamer evening than Saturday night. No word on his contract situation.
10:30 p.m. — Vrana is still alive
There may have been some concern over the state of Jakub Vrana after yesterday’s boozy, tattoo-getting night. But Devante Smith-Pelly, via his Instagram, assures us that all is well. It appears that DSP, Vrana and other Caps are still partying on a boat somewhere in the area.
1:00 a.m. — Heist nightclub, Adams Morgan
This is Monday morning. MONDAY. The party has gone on for five days now since they won the Cup on Thursday. Vrana is there. Burakovsky is there. Smith-Pelly is there. These are all guys who have been going very hard every single night. Un-freaking-real.
1:52 p.m. — Dulles International Airport
Ovechkin, Holtby and the Cup are ready for lift off, on the way to the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.