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'Dart Guy' meets parents of Auston Matthews

Maple Leafs superfan stops for picture with forward's father, mother during Game 3 against Capitals @NHLdotcom

Jason Maslakow is a big fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it turns out the parents of rookie forward Auston Matthews are big fans of his. 

Maslakow, the Maple Leafs superfan known as "Dart Guy," posed for a photo with Brian and Ema Matthews during Game 3 of Toronto's Eastern Conference First Round series against the Washington Capitals at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

Tweet from @LeafsMaz20: So this happened last night! Humbled again when @AM34 parents wanted a picture with me!!! Crazy!!!!! #Dartguy #Auston316 #GoLeafsGo

Maslakow, who lives in Waterloo, Ontario, became a viral sensation during Game 2 at Verizon Center on Saturday when television cameras showed him in the crowd with his beard dyed blue, "Go Leafs Go" shaved into the back of his head and an unlit cigarette hanging from the mouth of his face, which was painted blue and white. He instantly became known as "Dart Guy'' -- dart is slang for a cigarette -- and the Maple Leafs invited him to Game 3.

He very well may be at Game 4 on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, CSN-DC) at Air Canada Centre; he was invited to the game by John Derringer, a host at CILQ-FM in Toronto. 

Maslakow has become a good-luck charm for the Maple Leafs, who are 2-0 when he's in the crowd. With Toronto trailing 2-1 after the first period in Game 3, he correctly predicted the Maple Leafs comeback. Toronto rallied to win 4-3 in overtime and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Tweet from @CTVSean: #Dartguy called it during the first intermission. #thisguyison @CTVToronto

He even has a fan in Matthews, who scored his first NHL playoff goal in Game 3 for Toronto.

"I saw him on Twitter a little bit," Matthews said before Game 3. "It's pretty cool. Interesting face mask and everything."

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