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Capitals return home with Stanley Cup, first stop is Nationals game

Ovechkin will throw out first pitch as baseball team honors champs @NHLdotcom

The Washington Capitals plane was a little heavier coming home by the weight of exactly one Stanley Cup.

After a thrilling win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday, the Capitals took the Greatest Trophy in All of Sports back to Washington D.C.

Tweet from @keeperofthecup: Boarding time! Heading to Washington. Home of the 2018 #stanleycup champion @Capitals @HockeyHallFame @NHL

First stop on Saturday will be the Washington Nationals game, where the team will be honored and Conn Smythe winner Alex Ovechkin will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Tweet from @Capitals: Hey @Nationals fans, is it cool if we bring the @StanleyCup to the ballpark tomorrow?Looking forward to celebrating with you all before first pitch! #ALLCAPS

Owner Ted Leonsis and coach Barry Trotz will join the players for the game, which will begin at 12:05 p.m.

Nationals players Max Scherzer and Ryan Zimmerman showed up to Capital One Arena for Game 4 decked out in Capitals jerseys and hockey gear. But teammate Bryce Harper, a Las Vegas native, was cheering for his hometown team in the series. Still, Harper, who is friends with Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, tweeted his congratulations to the champs.

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