One year ago today, the Washington Capitals reversed decades of playoff torture and broken dreams for long-suffering D.C. sports fans, lifting an entire city as they raised Lord Stanley's Cup above their heads.
The moment was surreal for so many. How do you handle a moment you've been conditioned to know will never come?
Real or not, the words came flying from John Walton's mouth faster than he could spit them out:
THE WORDS THAT D.C. FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING TO HEAR SINCE 1974!
THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS ARE THE 2018 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!
IT'S NOT A DREAM!
IT'S NOT A DESERT MIRAGE!
IT'S LORD STANLEY!