Caps fan gets free crab cakes for tossing another crab on the ice during Stanley Cup Final
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
Crab cakes and hockey! Apparently, that is now what D.C. does.
Yet another Capitals fan chucked one of Maryland's famed crustaceans onto the ice at Capital One Arena during the Caps' Game 4 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final. The man, Dwight Buttz, can be seen in the video below clad in a Evgeny Kuznetsov jersey and clutching a steamed crab. Buttz gives a "Let's go Caps" to the camera before charging down the steps and sending the crab airborne.
With Alex Ovechkin-like accuracy, the crab landed just about at center ice.
The followup to the Game 3 crab toss, where a Maryland teen smuggled the crab inside the arena in his underwear, was inspired by a call to action from Baltimore's famous Jimmy's Seafood restaurant. The establishment, who has a history of gifting crab cakes to sports figures, promised eight crab cakes, in honor of Ovechkin, to anyone who repeated the dubious decapod delivery on Monday.
Buttz said Jimmy's Seafood upped the reward to 16 crab cakes for "calling his shot" after he posted a picture of the crab secured under his jersey.
Jimmy's Seafood appears to be trying to turn this into a new tradition, spreading the hashtag "#ThrowTheCrab" in multiple tweets. After all, Detroit Red Wings' fans lob octopuses onto their home ice and Nashville Predators fans do the same with catfish so there is certainly a precedent for sea creatures invading NHL arenas.
Not to mention, the Caps won both crab games by a lopsided combined score of 9-3 and now sit just one win away from their first ever Stanley Cup title.
With the series headed back to Las Vegas, it is a good bet that Caps' players and fans will remain mighty "shellfish" until they are able to fill Lord Stanley's Cup with steamed crabs.