Alex Ovechkin had his special good luck charm with him before taking the ice Tuesday night. His name - Alex Luey.
Luey, who was diagnosed with a bone cancer called osteosarcoma, has visited Ovechkin and the Capitals before. In November 2017, he had the honor of reading out the starting lineup in the dressing room before Ovechkin promised he would score for him. He kept his promise - scoring a hat trick that night.
This time, Luey brought more good luck with him in Toronto. After John Carlson scored two goals early on to set the franchise record for points in a single month by a defender, Ovechkin added two more of his own to tie the game before winning it in overtime.https://twitter.com/Capitals/status/1189362128131633154
"It's an emotional moment for me and this organization," Ovechkin said postgame. "He's our lucky charm, you know he always brings luck to this building... If I score here, it's only for him."
With such a heartwarming story, it's no wonder Ovechkin had some extra motivation to bang in the tying and game-winning goals against the Maple Leafs. While Luey first met Ovechkin after getting declared cancer-free almost two years ago, the untreatable disease has since returned.
So proud of my son Alex, this weekend he played his heart out at the #HSSledgechallenge on Friday and participated in the #rankinrun on Saturday all while battling cancer that has returned and, we’ve learned, is untreatable #Lueystrong #RankinCancerRun pic.twitter.com/ViJ2uGliCv— Scott Luey (@cao4poco) May 26, 2019
Ovechkin and company wanted to uplift the spirits of Luey, and his dedicated game-winner was certainly a step in the right direction. The pregame broadcast said Luey read out the starting lineups again this year. He also got the Player of the Game helmet postgame.
"We are going to play for him," said Ovechkin. "We are going to [give] our emotional support to him and his family."
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