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LeBron returns the favor, send jersey to Ovechkin

Friday, 05.01.2009 / 2:06 PM / 2009 Playoffs Conference Semifinals

NHL.com

ARLINGTON, Va. – Alexander Ovechkin got quite the gift on the eve of Saturday's second-round opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS), an autographed jersey from LeBron James of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

Earlier this season, Ovechkin met James at the Verizon Center and gave him an autographed jersey, now "The King" has returned the favor.

James wrote: "To Alexander The Great. Keep Up The Good Work. King James," on the jersey's white numbers.

Caps owner Ted Leonsis brought the gift to Ovechkin inside the dressing room at the team's practive facility.

When Ovechkin saw the jersey, he smiled and said: "Niiiiice!"

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday