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Back on the truck: Caps exit Nationals Park

The Capitals' trainers must get everything they moved to Nationals Park back on the trucks. Courtesy Sarah Goldstein

WASHINGTON -- Even as dozens of reporters were filing into the Washington Capitals' dressing room at Nationals Park to talk to the victors of the 2015 Winter Classic, the team’s training staff was well into the task of removing all traces of the team’s presence.

As reporters swarmed around team owner Ted Leonsis and players like Brooks Laich and Karl Alzner, equipment manager Brock Myles and his crew dodged the scrums in an effort to get the Capitals’ distinctive red equipment bags out to a waiting cargo truck.

Name plates so carefully installed above players’ stalls were removed and skate sharpening machines, sewing machines and the myriad of equipment carted to Nationals Park Tuesday afternoon were hastily repacked on Thursday evening.

As the Capitals prepared to join their families and celebrate a 3-2 Winter Classic victory, Myles and his colleagues still had to take a trip to Verizon Center to drop off some of the supplies and then head to the team’s practice facility in Arlington, Virginia, where the skates and other hockey gear would be returned to their normal place.

Surveying the chaos of the locker room, Myles likened it to a big party.

"After you’re like, 'Oh no, now we’re going to have to clean this up,'" he said.

"But it’s always a lot better when you win."

Just don’t look for him and his crew on Friday.

That’s a well-earned day off.