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Top 12 viral moments of Stanley Cup Playoffs

Capitals celebration, Golden Knights pregame shows among memorable online highlights

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The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs were filled with epic moments on the ice. There were amazing goals, acrobatic saves, tremendous passes and stingy defense.

But we aren't concerned with any of that. Our Short Shifts crew put together the 12 most viral moments of the postseason.

 

1. Capitals karaoke

The Washington Capitals paid their dues, time after time. They did their sentence, but committed no crime. And mistakes? They made a few. They've had some early playoff exits kicked in their face, but in 2018 they came through. So they picked the perfect song to celebrate. And they haven't stopped singing it since.

 

2. Emoji Ovi

Conn Smythe Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin was the story of the playoffs. Though he amazed with his play, his reactions to the play of his Capitals teammates were even more fun.

Video: Watch Ovi's best reactions from the 2018 playoffs

 

3. Marc chocolate

There are a lot of tributes to a lot of players, but this one is probably the most delicious. A 120-pound likeness of Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, which lived at the patisserie at The Bellagio, was one of the best images of the playoffs.

 

4. Synchronized Penguin

Tom Kuhnhackl clearly could have a future in lip-sync battling. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward delivered an impression of public address announcer Ryan Mill's starting lineup complete with perfect cadence ahead of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round. But when Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin returned to the lineup in Game 3 of the second round, Kuhnhackl made a mistake but recovered to salvage the performance.

 

5. Little big fan

You might remember Keelan Moxley as the adorable 6-year-old who Capitals forward Brett Connolly made sure got a puck during warmups before Game 2 of the first round. But Moxley was back at Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, going bananas over Connolly's goal late in Washington's 6-2 win.

 

6. Reaves' Vegas audition

Sometimes when your jam comes on, it doesn't matter where you are. Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves was on the bench during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, but when Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher" came on, he couldn't help but sing along.

Video: WSH@VGK, Gm1: Reaves sings on the bench after scoring

 

7. Stare down

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are all about focus, and Connor Hellebuyck had plenty of it before and during games. The Winnipeg Jets goalie had a brief staring contest with a television camera in the team's locker room.

 

8. On the bark

The Golden Knights' No. 1 fan this spring was a 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier named Bark-Andre Furry as a tribute to Marc-Andre Fleury. Furry, a regular attendee of Vegas practices, met his namesake May 11.

 

9. Gotta support the team

David Puddy may be the world's most famous fictional New Jersey Devils fan. Actor Patrick Warburton attended Game 4 of the first round against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was in full face paint and chest paint, just like Puddy, and the Prudential Center crowd loved every second of it.

 

10. Vegas, baby

If Las Vegas can do one thing, it's put on a show. Just like their on-ice play, the Golden Knights pregame performances were top notch. From the first round against the Los Angeles Kings to the Stanley Cup Final against Washington, the pregame show was worth the price of admission.

 

11. Duck season

The San Jose Sharks took their first-round matchup against the Anaheim Ducks seriously. So seriously in fact, they decided to put up some unique giveaways for fans in attendance. The rally towels were themed after the classic Nintendo video game "Duck Hunt."

 

12. Nice rides

The Golden Knights' arrival at playoff games sometimes resembled a car show. Jonathan Marchessault drove a Lamborghini with team logos all over it. Vegas' mascot, Chance, kicked it up a notch when he showed up in a "Knight Rider" car.

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