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Capitals pick up some new fan cutouts, three pandas from the National Zoo

Furry creatures Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji are all in on Washington season

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

It was Panda-monium in the stands at the Washington Capitals game and it couldn't get any cuter.

The Capitals had cardboard cutouts of three pandas - Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji - residents of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute - in the seats at Capital One Arena for their game against the New York Islanders on Thursday.

Tweet from @Capitals: One step closer to PANDAMONIUM ON ICE! 🐼🏒Welcoming Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji from the @NationalZoo to tonight���s game!#ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/5bxF1uXJEf

The National Zoo approved.

Tweet from @NationalZoo: Unleash the furry @capitals! 🐼🐼🐼 Go Caps! #ALLCAPS ������🤍💙 https://t.co/BKQXuuHFtr

Earlier in the day, the National Zoo shared a hype video of one of the pandas chowing down on a sticks [the non-hockey kind] and some "pucks."

Tweet from @NationalZoo: This 🐼 panda playmaker prefers eating his hockey stick and puck🏒. 👀 Look for pandamonium in the stands at tonight���s @Capitals game! Sending our home team + hometown ������ Go Caps! #ALLCAPS #PandaStory pic.twitter.com/d195UoiPh9

The flat panda fans seemed to work too as the Capitals came away with a 6-3 win.

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