Jimmy Fallon was the first to give up Monday night.
“The Tonight Show” host invited the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby, along with jockey Mike Smith, who rode Justify to the Triple Crown on Saturday, to celebrate their victories this week and take part in a time-honored hockey tradition — filling the Stanley Cup with alcohol.
After he had doled out straws — “Let’s do it like that, civilized,” he said — he found that he and the champions flanking him on either side weren’t embracing the spirit of a Stanley Cup keg stand, or “Cup stand,” properly.
“It’s taking too long,” Fallon said. “You know what you have to do.”
“Let’s do it,” Ovechkin said, before he and Holtby flipped Fallon over and dunked his face into the undetermined liquor floating in the Cup to chug, the right way, as Smith looked on.
Ovechkin’s weekend partying lit up Washington from splashing around in a fountain, to grilling while singing “We are the Champions,” to jaunting down the city streets with his teammates and posing with fans, drinks in hand.
But in one of his first real calm moments since unleashing a primal scream while skating around the ice with the Cup above his head Thursday, Ovechkin told Fallon how much the moment truly meant to him.
“Yeah, you work so hard to get this moment,” he said, “and when you reach this moment, you still can’t believe it.”
Fallon congratulated Ovechkin on the forthcoming birth of his child, and asked Holtby about his mystical, 20-game-unbeaten-streak-inducing guitar-playing skills.