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Wait, who's that No. 8?

Friday, 12.31.2010 / 11:44 AM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2011 Winter Classic Blog

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2011 Winter Classic Blog
Wait, who's that No. 8?
PITTSBURGH -- Alex Ovechkin is synonymous with No. 8 and the Washington Capitals. But for about an hour during the alumni game, the No. 8 belonged to right wing Mark Lofthouse.

The 53-year-old Lofthouse played 181 NHL games from 1977-83, 141 of them for the Capitals. He ended a 27-year goal drought by scoring during the Caps' 5-5 tie with the Pens on Friday morning at Heinz Field in front of 10,000 fans.

Lofthouse added two assists and said he felt the pressure to honor the Ovechkin name and number. He also said he considered putting "Ovech-house" on the back of his jersey.

Following the game, Lofthouse could be seen purchasing Winter Classic memorabilia outside the temporary locker rooms where media had gathered to talk to the alumni. He said he has spent about $600 on hats, shirts and the like since getting to Pittsburgh.

After his three-point performance and a tie against a team loaded with Hall-of-Famers, he'll take home some pretty special memories too.

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