"I could not have asked for anything more," Luey said in the Capitals dressing room, Ovechkin's left arm draped around him. "I will never forget this night. Never."
-Alex Luey, 13-year-old cancer survivor.
from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,
This was for Alex.
The other Alex.
When Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin beat Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Curtis McElhinney at 12:43 of the first period on Saturday, he immediately gestured toward the Air Canada Centre stands in the area where he thought Alex Luey, 13, was sitting.
It was Ovechkin's way of saying: "I did it for you, Alex."
Just like he'd promised.
About an hour earlier, Luey, a cancer survivor, was sitting on the Capitals bench for the warmup when Ovechkin skated over to him.
"I'm going to score a goal for you tonight," Ovechkin told the boy.