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Wayne Gretzky, Alex Ovechkin raise $40K for charity in ‘NHL20’ draw

Wayne Gretzky and Alex Ovechkin faced off Wednesday night in an eagerly anticipated “NHL20” tournament with 300,000 fans watching via a livestream on the Washington Capitals’ Twitch channel.

While the two battled to a draw in their virtual showdown, the two NHL legends did raise over $40,000 for relief efforts related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The funds raised will be split between the Edmonton Food Bank and D.C.’s MSE Foundation’s Feeding the Frontlines fund.

The tourney was originally slated to be a best-of-three series, but “The Great One” and “The Great 8” elected to call it a night after splitting two games. Gretzky came out on top in the first game with a 5-4 overtime victory. Ovi rallied, however, in the second game, winning by a score of 4-1.

The Capitals’ official Twitter account shared highlights of the virtual matchup throughout the two games, with entertaining results.

Neither Gretzky nor Ovechkin had much experience playing any iteration of the classic EA Sports’ NHL series before Wednesday night, but the two nevertheless managed to have a great time.

“We both are not very good at this game, but what a great cause, right, when everybody’s so down and out,” Gretzky said of his matchup with Ovi, according to NHL.com. “So, a fun night, and hopefully everybody’s having a little bit of enjoyment laughing at us.”