Thousands of fans celebrate Washington's NHL victory in the streets

WASHINGTON, June 7 (Reuters) - Fans poured onto the streets on Thursday night after the Washington Capitals won the National Hockey League's coveted Stanley Cup with a 4-3 defeat of Las Vegas's Golden Knights in Game 5.

"Now I can die in peace," read a sign held up by fans celebrating on the streets of the U.S. capital.

"I said I was born the day before the caps 1,000th game," said Washington resident Chris Ostergard, 31, who held the sign. "I literally came here and was born for this.”

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Thousands of fans crowded around the arena amid a heavy police presence. Fans cheered “we want the cup” and “let’s go Caps” as the final seconds ticked down. Police had earlier brought in heavy trucks and closed off numerous blocks around the arena as fans watched the game broadcast from Las Vegas.

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Jun 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals fans at the watch party for Washington Capitals and Las Vegas Knights at Capital One Arena for game 6 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
June 7, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) skates with the Stanley Cup as fans cheer following game five of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals fans at the watch party for Washington Capitals and Las Vegas Knights at Capital One Arena for game 6 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: Washington Capitals fan, Mackenzie Frazier and others react to the Capitals first goal during game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights near Capital One Arena on Thursday June 07, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: Larry Pierson, left, and Susan Peery reacts as the remaining time runs out and the Capitals win the Stanley Cup over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday June 07, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 7: Washington Capitals fans react to a goal from the Capitals as they watch the Stanley Cup Final Game 5 outside Capital One Arena on June 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Washington Capitals fans cheer during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights at a watch party on the streets in Washington, DC on June 7, 2018. - The Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Washington Capitals fan celebrate after the Washington Capitals won Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights to capture the Stanley Cup during a watch party on the streets in Washington, DC on June 7, 2018. - The Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Matt Petruites, 22, who has just graduated from college, and his 69-year-old father Bob Petruites have been fans for years.

“It’s been a long time coming” Matt Petruites said, hoping that the victory might inspire other Washington teams. (Reporting by David Shepardson and Michelle Price in Washington, D.C. Writing by Rich McKay in Atlanta Editing by Paul Tait)

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