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Despite loss, Caps earn fans' salute

Thursday, 05.14.2009 / 1:03 AM / Conference Semifinals: Washington vs. Pittsburgh

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"Our fans, right now I think they're better than Montreal. They're just awesome."
-- Alex Ovechkin

WASHINGTON -- They stood and cheered. Amazing.

Their beloved team was en route to an anticlimactic 6-2 loss, one that will keep the die-hard fans of these Washington Capitals still yearning for that day when their team will finally erase the demons and beat those darn Pittsburgh Penguins.

And, still, the 18,277 fans inside Verizon Center stood and cheered for the final 90 seconds of Game 7 and long into the handshake lines.

"Let's go Caps."

"MVP."

"Let's go Caps."

"MVP."

When the handshake lines were finished, Alex Ovechkin raised his stick to salute the crowd. The rest of the Capitals followed suit. Simeon Varlamov clapped his gloves together, twirling around so he didn't miss anyone.

Crosby-Ovechkin Gear Alex Ovechkin Gear Sidney Crosby Gear "Well, you know, it was a great feeling," Ovechkin, the subject of the "MVP" chants, said of the fans standing and cheering. "Our fans, right now I think they're better than Montreal. They're just awesome."

The season was lost, gone in 60 nightmarish minutes, but as long as the Capitals are in this for the long haul until the Stanley Cup comes to the District of Columbia, so are their fans.

They proved that Wednesday night.

Contact Dan Rosen at drosen@nhl.com
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