The Great One vs. The Great Eight Showcase final: Gretzky, Ovechkin battle it out in ‘NHL 20’

first_img7:41 p.m. — Not much is known about the gaming skills of either of these players. Ovi is apparently more of a “Call of Duty” and “Fortnite” fan, while Gretzky has played “NHL 20” before but only a handful of times. Ovechkin’s teammate, John “JohnWayne” Casagranda, definitely has the upper hand in terms of skill over everyone else though. He was the runner-up at the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship.EXCITED FOR GAMEDAYThe great one vs great 8 showcase tonight at 8pm ET on https://t.co/TIpaGwMkYr.Could not be more excited for this opportunity!!! https://t.co/C8Av0NtID7— John Wayne🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@Johnwaynee90) April 22, 20207:22 p.m. — Was there really any other choice?Which jersey should Ovi rock for the first game of The Great One vs. The Great Eight Showcase tonight? 👀🎮 https://t.co/q5lRlrVXp4— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 22, 20207:21 p.m. — Did Ovechkin get any sleep?Can’t wait to play the Great One in NHL 20 tomorrow!!! huge honor and will be lots of fun and more important help people !!! stay safe and stay home fans….miss you guys!!! https://t.co/VmbbiDm7yI— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) April 22, 2020 Wayne Gretzky and Alex Ovechkin announced in a joint press release last week that they’d be facing off in EA Sports’ “NHL 20” to raise funds for two charities: the Edmonton Food Bank and MSE Foundation’s “Feeding the Frontlines” fund based in Washington, D.C. The matchup pitted the pair in a best-of-three series — that didn’t go the distance — on Xbox with the games live-streamed on the Capitals’ Twitch channel.Ovechkin partnered up with John “JohnWayne” Casagranda, a member of the Capitals esports team and the runner-up at the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship, while Gretzky teamed up with his 19-year-old son, Tristan.  MORE: Gretzky looks forward to the day Ovechkin breaks his goals recordThe two teams played out an absolutely epic first game, with Team Ovechkin scoring a five-on-three shorthanded goal with two seconds left on the clock to send it to overtime. In the end, it was The Great One and Team Gretzky taking the first game with a winner in the extra period. The second game saw Team Ovechkin dominate, with Gretzky ultimately opting to end things in a tie in, because, in the end, the real winners were the charitiesSporting News had all the action as The Great One and The Great Eight squared off. The Great One vs. The Great Eight Showcase: Final scores, highlights from NHL 20 matchup(All times Eastern.) 9:20 p.m. — That does it for the Great One vs. The Great Eight Showcase. The series ultimately ended in a tie, but more importantly, thousands of dollars were raised for charity. Second Game9:18 p.m. — 4-1, Capitals. Tom Wilson with two goals to give team Ovechkin an insurmountable lead — and what’s this? Instead of a decisive shootout, the two sides have agreed to end things as a tie. Gretzky says he’ll match half of the $16,000+ donations raised during the stream to support COVID-19 relief in the Edmonton area. He was clearly fatigued at the end there, which probably led to his decision to call things a tie. Call it a tie!Ovi strikes back in round two and both parties pack it in for the evening.🎮 https://t.co/q5lRlrVXp4 pic.twitter.com/M9XyAxHK1J— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 20209:09 p.m. — The Oilers have cut the deficit in half, trailing 2-1 at the end of the first. They still need at least two more goals to prevent overtime. 9:04 p.m. — Dmitry Orlov makes it 2-0 Capitals. A fan in the crowd holds up an “Orlov for Mayor” sign. Gretzky laughs sadly. If Ovechkin’s team wins this game, it’ll go to a decisive shootout to determine the winner. “I traded the wrong son.” 😂🎮 https://t.co/fSlVBH7N7K pic.twitter.com/rU5BrSv0LM— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 20209:00 p.m. — Not a good start for the Oilers, as their goalie, Grant Fuhr, gifts it to Ovechkin on the doorstep.”Guess who?” Ovi asks. Gretzky buries his head in his hands. He does not want to lose this game.Guess who? @ovi8, that’s who!🎮 https://t.co/fSlVBH7N7K pic.twitter.com/q09N4qsvhE— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 20208:55 p.m. — Some technical difficulties have delayed the start of the second game a bit. In the meantime, Gretzky gets a call from his daughter, Paulina who is engaged to the former No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, Dustin Johnson. First Game8:45 p.m. — Just like that, the Oilers score the game-winning goal. Gretzky is stoked, while Ovi is clearly not happy.Gretzky has requested a two-minute break before the next game starts while the charitable donations have surpassed the $12,500 mark.8:42 p.m. — Gretzky’s running commentary has been easily one of the best parts of this game — and it’s been a good game, too. Still tied 4-4. The format will be continuous overtime until someone scores.8:34 p.m. — OVECHKIN HAS SCORED WITH TWO SECONDS LEFT ON THE CLOCK TO SEND IT INTO OVERTIME! Not only that, but his team was also shorthanded on a five-on-three. What an incredible first game this has been. THE DRAMA.THE INTRIGUE.WE’RE IN OT!🎮 https://t.co/fSlVBH7N7K pic.twitter.com/TxDNL0MypK— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 20208:30 p.m. — The Oilers have tied it! It was Kevin McClelland with the goal; even in “NHL 20,” his 80s mullet is breathtaking. But then, THE GRETZKY’S SCORE AGAIN! Two goals in no time at all to snatch back the lead. Edmonton takes a one-goal lead with just two minutes left. 8:27 p.m. — The Gretzky’s think they just tied the game, but the referee waves it off due to goalie interference! Gretzky is furious.”Where’s the challenge button? How do I challenge?” he asks. The Capitals lead 3-2 with less than ten minutes left. 8:25 p.m. — Just over a minute into the third, Ovechkin gives his team the lead with a Nicklas Backstrom goal.”That’s what I’m talking about, Backy!” he screams.Things are getting chirpy…🎮 https://t.co/fSlVBH7N7K pic.twitter.com/8WAzjvyCB4— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 20208:22 p.m. — Team Gretzky nearly scores on a five-on-three shorthanded breakaway but Holtby makes another big save. He’s been outstanding so far this game. A few minutes later, Team Ovechkin ties it up once again via an Ilya Kovalchuk goal and it’s 2-2 heading into the final period.”I’m so tired,” Gretzky quips.OVI WITH KOVYYa just love to see it!🎮 https://t.co/fSlVBH7N7K pic.twitter.com/O48SdWkHQ7— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 20208:17 p.m. — Gretzky’s son, Tristan, is starting to get annoyed at his father’s lack of faceoff wins.”Faceoffs don’t matter,” Gretzky replies. “When you’re 60 years old it’s hard to see the TV.” 8:15 p.m. — Despite the Gretzky’s continued domination, Ovechkin has tied it up on a breakaway. The score is 1-1 heading into the second period and then the Gretzky’s score again just a few minutes into the second period; they now lead 2-1. Ovi with a little help from the hockey gods! 😂🎮 https://t.co/fSlVBH7N7K pic.twitter.com/x8YXolkgXh— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 20208:10 p.m. — Gretzky has scored! And with who else but his own in-game character. Wayne is absolutely ecstatic.”If you go to the net, good things happen,” he says. The Oilers lead 1-0 with less than 6 minutes left in the first period.On the board first: 9️⃣9️⃣!🎮 https://t.co/fSlVBH7N7K pic.twitter.com/8PkuMXPah8— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 23, 20208:09 p.m. — The puck drops and IMMEDIATELY the Gretzky’s are all over Ovi and JohnWayne. Holtby has been forced to make at least three good saves to keep things scoreless.”We’re playing for the pride of all of Canada right now,” Gretzky says.Pregame8:04 p.m. — The stream is now underway. Gretzky, who has a solid crowd of fans supporting him from his home, declares “I’m awful at this.” Ovi, who was holding his son Sergei, initially leaves his microphone on mute before telling us he’s excited. Gretzky says he’s “so nervous.” This should be interesting. last_img

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