Capitals' Alex Ovechkin throws out first - and second - pitches at Nationals game

Capitals' Alex Ovechkin throws out first - and second - pitches at Nationals game

The Washington Capitals star and 2017-18 Stanley Cup champion needed 12 career tries to get past the second round of the NHL playoffs, which he did - and more - in bringing D.C. its first hockey title on Thursday.

The Nationals - who are now first in the NL East - are hosting the San Francisco Giants for a three-game series this weekend.

The Washington Capitals celebrated their Stanley Cup win by throwing out the ceremonial first, and as it turned out, second pitch at the Washington Nationals game. And thankfully for everyone involved, Ovi's first (second) pitch did enough of a nosedive to hit Scherzer's glove and ensure the Nationals could move on with their afternoon. "I try to do my best".

Trotz said Ovechkin's "got to work on his pitching". "Russian machine never breaks", Backstrom said, referencing Ovechkin's famous quote.

"Can't win them all, but I love the team", said Paul, a fan.

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We're willing to excuse Ovechkin for his initial inaccuracy. Wilson then poured beer down his throat before dumping some on left wing Andre Burakovsky. 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. Players lifted up their drinks with arms around each other's shoulders as "We Are The Champions" played.

The Nationals had been some of the Capitals' biggest cheerleaders during the championship run, donning "ALLCAPS" shirts and hats. The team will be introduced tomorrow prior to the game. Martinez asked Trotz to address his team.

So they gave Ovechkin another chance after he signaled that he wanted the ball back.

Pending unrestricted free agent James Neal: "I love it here".

"It's going to be incredible", he said. But it's great, I think. "I think they're going to be aggressive and use the tools that they've got right now and the basis of the year that they had to not behave like an expansion franchise and get in on all of the big boys if they can". "It's going to be great to share that with them".