RMNB toured the new renovations to Capital One Arena on Tuesday and reported on the arena’s snazzy technology, new VIP lounge, and updated food offerings.
But one of the coolest additions to Capital One Arena is this new display outside of Section 108, which contains memorabilia from the 2017-18 Stanley Cup Final. It’s beautiful.
Here’s a look at the items in detail.
First are the historic pucks.
At the top is Alex Ovechkin’s goal puck from Game Two of the Final, which put the Capitals up 2-1 in the game that would eventually end in the Capitals’ favor at 3-2. Next is Nicklas Backstrom’s goal in Game One, which came from a TJ Oshie pass to Backstrom wide open in the slot. The third puck is from the Brooks Orpik game-winning goal in Game Two which brought the Capitals their first Stanley Cup Final win in franchise history. The final puck is from Devante Smith-Pelly’s gorgeous diving goal in Game Five of the Final, which tied the game 3-3.
At the right side of the display is another puck, but this one is not from a goal, rather it was from The Save. This is the puck shot by the Knights’ Alex Tuch which Braden Holtby blocked so spectacularly that it earned a name in the lexicon of Capitals history. Both the puck and the stick from The Save are on display.
Next, there’s the equipment. John Carlson’s jersey from Game 5 hangs beside the pucks. Below is the helmet worn by Backstrom during all the home games of the Final. At the bottom of the display are the skates worn by TJ Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov during the Finals.
The gloves in the middle are the gloves worn by Lars Eller when he scored the game-winning goal in Game 5 to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights. Yes, we still watch that goal over and over too, it’s not just you.
The two-foot, replica Stanley Cup in the middle of the display is not labeled, but it sure looks like the ones being sold by Fanatics.
Photos: Elizabeth Kong
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