In scenes more gripping than an actual game of hockey, the world watched as one Washington Capitals fan struggled to get her hands on a valuable souvenir.

Ahead of a Stanley Cup play-off game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Capitals player Brett Connolly made his way over to the crowd to give a young fan a puck, but it proved a little more difficult than that.

The 25-year-old's first attempt found its way to another boy, before the child next to her received the second puck, but with all the perseverance of a professional athlete, Connolly eventually got one to her.

Some were irritated that the two boys received pucks before the girl, with commentator Rob Carlin asking: "What are we doing here? Are we raising gentlemen or what?!"

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But was the man who many presumed to be the children's father simply playing a sophisticated game, ensuring all three kids received a puck?