Photo: Noah Frank (Twitter)

It has been a long, long while since the last time D.C. had any reason to throw a public sports watch party. With the Caps on a run through the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the weather around town holding up beautifully, Caps watch parties, taking place inside and around the Caps’ Chinatown arena, have been growing since Game 7 of the Conference Finals, and tonight’s seems to have consumed the entire neighborhood.

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The festivities started hours before the game, during a home Mystics game, which was moved ahead several hours to accommodate the Caps watch party, and where ticketed fans were granted right of first refusal of seats for the main event. This, you can imagine, attracted a large number of hockey fans to an otherwise forgettable Mystics home loss:

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Let this serve as a reminder that it’s not too late for the Capitals to revert to form and destroy the hearts of tens of thousands of D.C. sports fans who are daring to believe. Eek!