Devante Smith-Pelly receives the applause of the fans during the morning skate, the Caps players applauding for the DSP during the interview


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.


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.

The applause can be heard in the 46th minute.

The players also chanted his name, according to Adam Zielonka of the Washington Times.

"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.

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