Caps legend Peter Bondra ‘felt a part’ of 2018 Stanley Cup title originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
When legendary Capitals left winger Peter Bondra joined the Caps Pregame Live crew ahead of Thursday night’s matchup with the New York Rangers, NBC Sports Washington analyst Alan May wouldn’t allow him to get away without first reminiscing on the team’s Stanley Cup triumph in 2018.
When May asked his former Caps teammate what it meant to him when their former team accomplished something they were previously unable to, Bondra candidly expressed his fandom for the special moment.
“It means a lot. It was what, 44 years?” Bondra said. “A lot of sweat, blood and tears spilling on the ice and finally we got it. It was just great relief.”
Indeed, after 44 years captain Alex Ovechkin finally was able to lift Lord Stanley on June 7, 2018, after a hard-fought 4-1 series victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, an expansion team that season. Though the Cup-clinching victory came in Vegas, Bondra experienced the moment in the same place he spent 14 accomplished years in.
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“I was lucky enough to be in the building, actually, I was in the Capital One Arena with 18,000 people in the building and when Ovi lifted up the Cup, it was just an amazing feeling,” Bondra said.
Bondra’s 472 goals with the Caps rank second all-time in team history behind Ovechkin. As the 37th player in league history to reach the 500-goal milestone, Bondra also has the Caps record for shorthanded goals with 32 – a record May thinks Ovechkin, or anyone else for that matter, will never catch.
“I felt like even though I didn’t win it, I was a part of that,” Bondra said. “It was great for ownership, it was great pretty much everyone, alums, and everyone who played for the Washington Capitals up to this point. I really enjoy it and I celebrate it.”
The ex-speedy left-winger added that up he’s been enjoying watching the Capitals’ fast start to the 2021 campaign, especially with the addition of Zdeno Chara to the defense. Bondra said that up until the last game when the Bruins dealt Washington its first loss in the regulation of the season, he felt the Capitals have been dominant, and hopes they can be dominant in Madison Square Garden against the Rangers.
Tune in to NBC Sports Washington at 7 PM to catch the Capitals take on the Rangers.
Published: 2021-02-05 00:07:41
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