CAPITAL ONE ARENA — As he watched the Stanley Cup banner begin its ascent to the rafters of Capital One Arena on Wednesday, longtime Capitals fan Bryan Gomes felt tears well in his eyes.
“I cried,” Gomes said. “Should I admit that? To be a fan all your life, and to see all the heartbreak, and to finally break through, and then it’s like — I’m still pinching myself. Did this really happen? Is this real life?”