WASHINGTON - A little girl who stole the hearts of Washington Capitals fans—and one player in particular—when she finally got a puck on the third try during warmups before Game 2 of the team’s first-round playoff series met her hero on Saturday.
After the Capitals took a series lead with an overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 5, wing Brett Connolly met up with 6-year-old Keelan Moxley. The Capitals tweeted a picture of the new friends together, and Keelan is holding not only a puck, but also a hockey stick.
The team says Keelan and her family were invited to be guests of Caps owner Ted Leonsis at Saturday’s game, and earlier this week via Skype, Keegan told FOX 5 she was incredibly excited.
Keelan won the internet after Game 2 when the Capitals tweeted video showing Connolly appearing to point out to the young girl banging on the glass that he intends to toss a puck over the glass for her to keep as a memorable souvenir that she’ll be able to cherish. However, the puck is snatched by a man who gives it to a boy standing right next to the girl.
This causes Keelan to have the most dejected look you’ll probably ever see-- but Connolly comes back again with another puck to toss to the girl.
But again, the man catches it and gives it to another boy standing to the left of the girl.
Seriously, who is this guy and why does he keep doing this?
But for Keelan, the third time is finally a charm. Connolly throws a third puck over the glass and the man who caught the first two pucks finally gives the souvenir to Keelan, who jumps up and down in joy with a smile that would melt even the coldest of hearts.
Keelan was also named “Fan of the Game” on Saturday, giving her the chance to lead the crowd in a “Let’s go Caps!” chant before the first period began.