It has been 13 years, but the time finally came for one of the greatest goal scorers in NHL history.
The near four hour long celebration was building up to the moment everyone was waiting for and what Alex Ovechkin has been waiting his entire career to do: address the nation's capital as a Stanley Cup champion.
It seemed like the day would never come, but in front of tens of thousands of fans, Ovechkin finally got his opportunity.
The Conn Smythe winner kept it simple. He thanked the fans calling them "babes" before laughing. Then he led them and the team in a "We are the Champions" sing-a-long. But right when everyone thought his speech was over and the next song began playing, Ovechkin went right back to the podium.
And his next words? "We're not going to be f—ing suck this year! We're Stanley Cup champions!"
Wouldn't be a parade without a legendary Ovechkin moment 😂 pic.twitter.com/XLkng78lE6— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) June 12, 2018
That statement references what Ovechkin told reporters before the season. It was expected that the Capitals would struggle during the 2017-18 season. Outlining his goal for the year, Ovechkin went against those expectations, saying, "We're not gonna be suck this year."
He didn't lie.
The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup champions.
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