When one man goes down, another must go up.
After the Capitals probably lost TJ Oshie for the remainder of the postseason, the team summoned one of their heroes from last year's Stanley Cup triumph, Devante Smith-Pelly, of Hershey.
The reception of DSP at home has been powerful. After missing the team's skate on Friday, Smith-Pelly took the ice on MedStar Capitals Iceplex and received a big ovation from the fans.
He told us after:
"I'm just going to feed on the importance of each night and try to give the best of me." @ SherreeBurruss with your #ALLCAPS coverage tonight at 6 in @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/JoY2xGyb5X
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After the practice, DSP spoke with the journalists. During his interview, several teammates can be heard in the background, applauding Smith-Pelly, including his old friend Tom Wilson.
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The applause can be heard at the 46-second mark.
The players also sang 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 stepped onto the ice. "I'm definitely more excited to go out and play."
From the posters of saviors inspired by Holy Week to the "likes" of Instagram, both Capitals players and fans are excited to have the BIG TIME back.
Hopefully, this energy can be contagious for both Caps and DSPs.
DSP is in trend. pic.twitter.com/7GEWl4HUNu
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