Things already weren’t going well for the Capitals when the Kings broke up ice for a three-on-one early in the third period. Jack Johnson rifled a one-timer past Tomas Vokoun to put Los Angeles up 3-1 in the eventual 5-2 Capitals’ loss but it was the defenseman’s celebration that drew all the attention.
As Johnson turned up ice, he “Tebowed” along the half-board wall. I’ll let the Kings’ blueliner explain why.
“I was watching the Broncos’ game with some buddies that flew in from Michigan and they said ‘If you score, you have to ‘Tebow,’ ” Johnson said. “I said, ‘You’re on.’ ”
So after Johnson’s shot crossed the goal line he made good on his promise. The Capitals let him know that they weren’t particularly thrilled by his celebration.
“I said a couple things to him. I understand he’s just trying to be funny but still it’s kind of a stupid celebration,” Karl Alzner said. “It’s like those teams in world junior ride their stick giving high fives across the bench. It was over after that. Maybe a couple shifts where we were saying things [to Johnson] that’s it.”
As for the Kings, given the win the celebration was an amusing footnote.
“If we could all play like Tebow in a big game, we wouldn’t have lost a game yet,” Los Angeles Coach Darryl Sutter said.
If you missed Johnson’s imitation of Tebow, the video clip can be found here.