Devante Smith-Pelly helps Capitals win Stanley Cup with acrobatic equalizer, foreshadows not attending White House
Winger scores in three consecutive postseason games for the first time in his career as Washington, D.C., ends championship drought
Devante Smith-Pelly threw caution to the wind discussing the possibility of the Washington Capitals visiting the White House before the team actually won Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Interesting quote here from Devante Smith-Pelly re: visiting the White House:
“The things that he spews are straight-up racist and sexist. Some of the things he’s said are pretty gross … It hasn’t come up here, but I think I already have my mind made up.”
— Michael Traikos (@Michael_Traikos) June 6, 2018
To quickly recap, this man spoke truth to power, went out in Game 5 and scored the goal that tied Washington with the Vegas Golden Knights, 3-3, hanging in midair like in The Matrix. That set up Lars Eller for the eventual game-winner. The Caps won the game 4-3, the series 4-1 and their first Stanley Cup — Washington, D.C.’s first major sports championship in 26 years.
BLACK. MAN. EQUALIZER.
— Fungo Velo (@clintonyates) June 8, 2018
Smith-Pelly scored in three consecutive postseason games (the Capitals’ third goal in Games 3, 4 and 5) for the first time in his career. His seven goals during the postseason tied his regular-season total. In 24 postseason games, the right winger’s seven goals and one assist helped him finish with half of the points he recorded during the regular season (16).
7 goals in 75 season games.
7 goals in 24 playoff games.
They don’t make ‘em much more clutch than that! 👌🏻#StanleyCup
— Dave Brien (@DaveBrien4) June 8, 2018
Devante Smith-Pelly just scored his 7th goal this postseason.
— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) June 8, 2018
And to think some white fans in Chicago had the audacity to tell this man to go play basketball. Now he has a Stanley Cup, so how’s that karma treating ya? We know y’all are big mad.
— Evan F Moore (@evanFmoore) June 8, 2018
President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he would not invite the 2018 NBA champion to the White House after Cleveland’s LeBron James and Golden State’s Stephen Curry said their teams had no desire to go. As for the Capitals, Trump said: “I think we’ll have the Caps. We’ll see. You know, my attitude is if they want to be here, the greatest place on Earth, I’m here. If they don’t want to be here, I don’t want them.”
Smith-Pelly has already said what he said regarding his visit to the White House — it ain’t happening.
I can’t wait for Devante Smith-Pelly to refuse the White House invite after being critical of Trump recently. Will the President treat the home town Capitals the same way he treated the Eagles if players refuse?
— Dean Millard (@DuckMillard) June 8, 2018
A hero is a hockey player that snubs Trump's White House visit before winning the Cup in the most superstitious game on the planet and then scores the game-tying goal in the third period en route to a #StanleyCup Devante Smith-Pelly is a hero. #ALLCAPS
— Aarif Deen (@EHdeen) June 8, 2018
How does D.C. plan to celebrate its hero? Well, for the culture, it has been strongly suggested that Smith-Pelly sip Henny out of the Stanley Cup. Obviously, people have said he shouldn’t have to pay for another drink in the city. Others have offered chicken and mumbo sauce, because that’s the only way to express true love in the DMV. Maybe a crab boil in his honor would match the level of his achievement.
People will get their chance to show love and see what Smith-Pelly drinks out of the Stanley Cup when the Capitals have their championship parade on Tuesday.