Every year in the postseason, the Washington Capitals take years off their fans’ lives, and this year has been no different.
After winning Game One 3-2 in overtime, the Capitals lost the next two games, facing a 2-1 series deficit to the eight seed in the East. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis traveled with the team up to Toronto for Game Three and his tortured face said it all.
But the Capitals have rallied. And Friday, after Justin Williams scored the OTGWG to give the Caps a 3-2 series lead, Leonsis was the happiest guy in Verizon Center.
Immediately after the tally, Ted gave his talented son Zach, who was wearing an Evgeny Kuznetsov jersey, a gigantic hug. Everyone in the Owners’ Suite was losing their mind.
A minute later, after Leonsis gathered himself, he raised both of his arms in celebration.
What a moment.
Look, I know a lot of you from time to time get frustrated with the owner for the business decisions he makes. That’s understandable and I could never argue against your personal experiences. But from a human aspect, we are so lucky to this man as the owner of the team. Leonsis spends to the cap and tries to give his teams every resource they need to win.
The part I love about him most is that he wears his heart on his sleeve and allows himself to still be one of us. He wears Caps jerseys and red shoes. He is superstitious and believes in seat mojo. He might have more money than all of us combined, but there has never been one doubt in my mind that he’s not as emotionally invested as I am.
So while Justin Williams’ goal was thrilling, seeing how happy Ted was afterwards made it even more special for me. Since I’ve been a fan of the Caps, Ted has been the owner. He’s been through the worst of times and the best of times, which usually lead to more bad times.
He’s a sadist and he wants the Stanley Cup just as badly as all of us.
High five, Ted.
— liten vulpes (@AriannaPTV) April 21, 2017
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