WATCH: Caps fans had arena rocking for Game 1

Ben Krimmel
April 12, 2019 - 9:25 am
Washington Capitals fans brought A-game in Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 1.

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For all of the partying done in the past year or so there should be a hangover. 

There should be a bit of casual, "been there, done that" attitude among the Washington Capitals and their fans. Well, after a Metro Division title in the regular season the players showed they had avoided any repercussion after their summer of partying with Lord Stanley. But what about the fans?

Nope. No hangover there.

And the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals did their part on the ice, winning Game 1 against a pesky and determined Carolina Hurricanes squad, who showed a great deal of grit after going down 3-0 early.

The Capital One Arena crowd was ready to explode, even before Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton fired up the crowd leading the "Let's go Caps!" chant.

While the Caps struggled to get a shot off in the game's opening 10 minutes, the crowd kicked it into high gear after Nicklas Backstrom opened the scoring in the first period with a goal past Canes goaltender Petr Mrazek. 

The crowd's enthusiasm dampened a touch after Carolina made it a 3-2 game in the game's final stanza, but when it came time to unleash the fury, they brought their A-game.

After the Capitals killed a T.J. Oshie penalty thanks to stellar penalty-kill play from Nicklas Backstrom and company, the crowd was rewarded with a Lars Eller empty-netter to seal a Game 1 victory.

For Capitals it is one game down 15 to go. For Caps fans, it is one great performance down. Can they duplicate it in Game 2 Saturday?

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