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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Stanley Cup championship banner rose to the rafters at the home of the Washington Capitals for the first time Womens Samuel Girard Jersey , and everyone in attendance Wednesday night got to relive the sheer excitement of it all.Alex Ovechkin and the other players, who craned their necks to see the video montages of last season on the overhead scoreboard — and couldn't help but smile. Coaches, too, including new head man Todd Reirden. Not to mention the owner and the GM and the assistant equipment manager and anyone else on staff.And, importantly, the 18,506 fans, decked out in their jerseys — most of them in the team's main color, red, so many with Ovechkin's No. 8. They sang along to "We Are the Champions!" in full throat and shook their team-distributed glow sticks during a half-hour ceremony before Washington opened the regular season by beating the Boston Bruins 7-0 behind a pair of goals from Evgeny Kuznetsov and one apiece from Ovechkin, Oshie, Nic Dowd, John Carlson and Lars Eller."Gave me chills. I was just looking up and I was hearing the crowd sing that song," center Nicklas Backstrom said, then added with a laugh: "I want to experience that again."Those fans roared at any mention of "champions." Or any clip of Ovechkin. Or, especially Semyon Varlamov Jersey , when there were glimpses of "The Save" by Braden Holtby in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights, and Eller's Cup-winning goal in Game 5, and Ovechkin kissing the trophy for the first time back on June 7. One thing missing from the festivities: any mention or image of Barry Trotz, the coach who led the team to the trophy then left in a contract dispute, replaced by promoted assistant Reirden.Each burst of cheers sounded as if the games from months ago were being played all over again."When you're part of something like that," said Oshie, who scored 24 seconds into the game, "how can you not be excited to get going and try to do it again?"The banner signifying the NHL championship was revealed toward the end of the festivities, slowly lifted to the ceiling, its rise paused long enough for the players to gather on the ice in front of it for photos, the Stanley Cup itself resting nearby on the ice.There already were five red banners hanging from the rafters to signify some sort of accomplishment by the Capitals: Three represent a total of 11 division titles, one marks the team's pair of Eastern Conference titles, and the last celebrates a trio of Presidents' Trophy triumphs.None, of course, is quite as significant as the piece of material hoisted on this night."Kind of a historic moment for us. I've always said it's nice to be a part of it; it's nice to be in this organization," Ovechkin said after the game. "Tonight Sergei Boikov Jersey , we had so many emotions, so much fun out there, and you can see how we played."Drafted No. 1 overall in 2004, Ovechkin has scored more than 600 goals and won three league MVP awards as one of hockey's most prominent (gap-toothed) faces. He also became Washington's captain along the way and, therefore, the first player in franchise history to get to grab the Stanley Cup.He carried it again Wednesday, bringing it onto the ice and taking a half-lap around the rink — serenaded by "Ovi! Ovi!" — as the last player introduced. The Capitals won their title on the road at Las Vegas, so this was chance for the Cup to be shown off at home.That famous silver chalice, etched for the first time with the Capitals' names, made a trek around the nation's capital throughout Wednesday. Not only did the Capitals put an end to their own futility, they also earned the first championship for any of the city's teams in the four North American major professional sports leagues since the NFL's Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1992."They made it OK to believe," said ceremony emcee John Walton, the Capitals' radio voice."Let's go, Caps!" rang out in the stands as the banner's rise concluded.That chant shifted to "Back-to-back!" when the ceremony ended with Ovechkin skating the Cup off the ice. After giving it a parting kiss, he placed it in its black carrying case, the celebration over Youth Jake McCabe Jersey , the title defense soon off to quite a start. MONTREAL (AP) Even with the Montreal Canadiens eliminated from postseason contention, Brendan Gallagher keeps competing hard every single night.Gallagher scored twice, including his 30th goal of the season, and Carey Price snapped a seven-game losing streak as Montreal defeated the skidding Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Monday."Those 30 goals are well deserved," Canadiens coach Claude Julien said about Gallagher. "It's an example of what hard work and perseverance and commitment and dedication is all about. He never complains about anything. He goes about and does his job. That's what you expect from your leaders."With the two goals, Gallagher pushed his total to 49 points this season. His previous career high was 47."It's nice," the feisty winger said about reaching the 30-goal plateau. "You want to contribute and you want to score. It's also nice to get it out of the way and stop talking about myself and get back to finishing hard and finishing the right way."Paul Byron and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal in a matchup of Original Six franchises who will miss the playoffs. Price made 26 saves for his first win since Feb. 4. He had been 0-5-2 since then."We have five games remaining and we want to finish the right way game after game and really push each other to carry this over into next year," Gallagher said.Gustav Nyquist and Tyler Bertuzzi scored for Detroit, and Jared Coreau stopped 27 shots in his fifth game of the season. He is 0-4-0.Both the Canadiens and Red Wings will take part in the draft lottery this spring. Montreal is 26th in the overall NHL standings, three points ahead of 27th-place Detroit.The Red Wings have won just once in their last 14 games (1-12-1)."We've been real good through the stretch," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "We've played really good hockey. We've deserved better results. No chance is that good enough tonight. We have to be way better."Our attention to detail, not good enough. Our intensity, not good enough. Winning puck battles, doing all the little things it takes, just too many guys not going."Gallagher scored his first of the game and team-leading 29th of the season at 4:27 of the second period to give the Canadiens a 2-1 lead. The forward threw the puck on net from the corner of the ice and it bounced off Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser's skate and in.The Edmonton native, who has scored in three consecutive games Jason Pominville Jersey Kids , got his 30th at 9:32 when he tipped a shot by Mike Reilly on net. The puck went off Coreau's skate and landed in the crease before the goalie accidentally knocked it in himself."Those are the ones I'm used to scoring," said Gallagher, who also had two blocked shots. "It's always good when the guys don't really know that you scored the goals. But any way you can score is obviously nice."The 5-foot-9 forward came within inches of his first career hat trick. With 4:26 remaining, Jeff Petry's shot from the blue line trickled past Coreau. Gallagher came close to knocking it in, but Galchenyuk got his stick on it first to make it 4-2."I don't think there's a guy who works harder in this locker room," Petry said about Gallagher. "He's one of the guys who's consistently going to those tough areas and he's getting rewarded for it."Bertuzzi got one back for Detroit at 13:41 of the second when he squeezed a loose puck between Price's pads.The teams traded goals in the first period.Nyquist got the first at 4:41 with a hard one-timer before Byron responded, on the power play, with a backhand off the post and in at 18:11 for his 19th.NOTES: Detroit recalled 21-year-old defenseman Joe Hicketts from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. … Several Canadian Olympians were honored in a pregame ceremony, including medalists Kim Boutin, Charles Hamelin, Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Mikael Kingsbury.UP NEXTRed Wings: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.Canadiens: Play at Pittsburgh on Saturday night.—

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