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Adorable Mite of Nite steals show at intermission of Capitals-Maple Leafs

Jackson Friedlander dishes on hockey, Ovechkin, tarantula during amazing interview

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Jackson Friedlander has it right. Hockey should always be about fun.

The Washington Capitals Mite of the Nite was fired up during his postgame interview after scoring two goals during the first intermission of Washington's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Capital One Arena on Wednesday.

Tweet from @Capitals: This might have been the greatest Mite of the Nite interview EVER. @AAAMidAtlantic pic.twitter.com/fKE8rmu7OU

Friedlander pumped his fist when he heard his name announced over the PA, then dished on his goals, his tarantula named Michael, his favorite Capitals player (Alex Ovechkin) and his nose for the net during an exceptional interview with in-arena host Sandra Draganoiu.

"All I wanted to do was have some speed and have fun," Friedlander said. "Hockey isn't about winning; it's always about fun."

Friedlander even sent his interview off with well-wishes for the crowd at Capital One Arena.

"I love you so much everybody," he said. "God bless everybody."

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