After a great start in goal by Philipp Grubauer on Black Friday as the Washington Capitals defeated the Lightning, the team boarded to Toronto for a 2017 first round rematch with Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The playoff rematch wasn’t the big storyline of the day, however, this night was about two Alex’s: the captain Alex Ovechkin and 13-year old Alex Luey. Luey is one of Ovechkin’s biggest fans and a youth hockey player for the Niagara Falls Flyers.
Recently the youngerAlex had a tough battle with Osteosarcoma, which is a rare form of bone cancer. He had part of his right leg amputated but would recover with a new prosthetic that enabled him to return to the ice. Ovechkin heard the story and was touched. He invited the 13-year old and his family to the Capitals game in Toronto.
Date: November 25, 2017
Result: Capitals 4, Maple Leafs 2
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) November 26, 2017
Ovechkin promised Luey that he would score a goal for him. Something better happened, he scored not one, not two, but THREE goals! His first two came in the opening period, one at even-strength and the other on the power play. Ovechkin’s third came on an empty netter with nine seconds to go.
Additionally Jakub Vrana netted his seventh goal of the season and Nicklas Backstrom assisted on two of the Ovechkin goals.
What will #3 be?! Tune in next week to find out.
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