When a man falls, another must intervene.
After the Capitals likely lost TJ Oshie for the remainder of the playoff season, the team recalled one of their heroes from last season's Stanley Cup win, Devante Smith-Pelly, from Hershey.
The receipt of DSP at home was powerful. After missing the team's skate on Friday, Smith-Pelly took the ice at the MedStar Capitals Iceplex and was highly praised by the fans.
He told us after:
"I'm just going to feed myself the importance of each night and try to do my best." @SherreeBurruss with your # ALL IN CAPS blanket tonight at 6 o'clock @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/JoY2xGyb5X
– dckerNBC4 (@ dckerNBC4) April 20, 2019
After practice, DSP spoke to reporters. During his interview, several teammates can be heard in the background applauding for Smith-Pelly, including his long-time friend, Tom Wilson.
– Capitals of Washington (@Capitals) April 20, 2019
The applause can be heard in the 46th minute.
The players also chanted his name, according to Adam Zielonka of the Washington Times.
– Adam Zielonka (@Adam_Zielonka) April 20, 2019
"It was good, it was a good feeling," Smith-Pelly said of the fans' ovation when he was out on the ice. "It makes me so much more excited to be able to play and play outside."
Whether it's Easter-inspired saviors or Instagram tastes, Capitals players and fans are thrilled to be able to count on BIG TIME.
Hope this energy can be contagious for Caps and DSPs.
DSP is fashionable. pic.twitter.com/7GEWl4HUNu
– RMNB (@russianmachine) April 19, 2019
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