A Capitals player relentlessly tried to get a little girl a puck before a game and earned praise from the sports world

Washington Capitals wing Brett Connolly earned praise for getting a young fan a puck before a game. Connolly twice threw pucks over the glass to a little girl, only for two boys to get the pucks instead.

A Capitals player relentlessly tried to get a little girl a puck before a game and earned praise from the sports world

Washington Capitals wing Brett Connolly earned praise with a great display of etiquette when he relentlessly insisted a little girl got a souvenir before his playoff game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.

During warmups, Connolly tossed a puck over the glass toward a little girl sitting up against the glass, but a young boy next to her got the puck instead.

Connolly then skated back, picked up another puck, and tossed it over the glass — only to have another fan pick it up.

Finally, Connolly made a third trip for a puck, took a few tries to get it over the glass, and then successfully got the puck to her, making her night.

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The best moments from Sunday’s Nats and Caps games took place in the stands

Sunday was an especially dreary day, even by D.C. sports standards, and the rainy weather was only part of it. At Nationals Park, the Rockies defeated the Nationals,’6-5,’on a ninth-inning’home run by former National Ian Desmond. At Capital One Arena, the Capitals blew a two-goal lead for the second consecutive game to fall behind 2-0’in their first-round playoff series against the Blue Jackets. There was some joy to be found in the stands at both venues, though, and not only from the fans wearing Rockies jerseys and Blue Jackets sweaters.

At Nationals Park, MASN’s cameras caught a young Nationals fan and a young Rockies fan swapping home run balls and exchanging a fist bump in the eighth inning.

Baseball bringing people together.A young Colorado fan caught a Nationals home run, and a young Washington fan caught a Rockies home run. So they swapped souvenirs. pic.twitter.com/MNWaW0Pciy

The Rockies fan had caught Nationals catcher Matt Wieters’s game-tying home run in the sixth inning. The Nationals fan had caught Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu’s go-ahead home run in the eighth. Both home runs landed in the first row of the right-center field seats, and the kids apparently decided it would be better to have a souvenir hit by a player from their favorite team. It was the’best trade involving the Nationals and Rockies since Washington sent J.J. Davis and Zach Day to Colorado for Preston Wilson’in July 2005.

There was an equally joyous moment during warm-ups at Capital One Arena, when Capitals forward Brett Connolly tossed a puck over the glass to a little girl in an Ovechkin sweater.’Because nothing comes easily for the Capitals in the playoffs, it took three attempts for Connolly to get the puck in the hands of the young fan. (An adult in the second row caught’the first two souvenirs Connolly tossed over the glass and handed them to a couple of other young fans flanking Connolly’s intended target.)

Adorable little girl finally gets puck from Connolly during warmups

R1, Gm2: Brett Connolly makes sure a young girl gets a puck in pregame warmups after the first two tries end up in other fans’ hands

Patience is a virtue and short arms are a disadvantage when reaching for high things. We’re pretty sure that’s how those sayings go.

Both were on full display for one little girl trying to get her hands on a souvenir puck during warmups at the Washington Capitals Capitals Eastern Conference First Round game against the Columbus Blue Jackets game on Sunday.

Thanks to Brett Connolly and the little girl displaying a patience beyond her years, there was a happy ending to this tale.

Tweet from @Capitals: If at first you don’t succeed… try, try, try again! #CapsJackets #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/6S3b5cfXNW

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