The Washington Times - January 10, 2012, 11:50AM

LOS ANGELES | Jack Johnson didn’t spend time after the Los Angeles Kings’ 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals thanking his lord and savior like Tim Tebow. But after Tebowing to celebrate his goal, Johnson wasn’t apologizing.

“It’s fun to score. You should have fun,” he said. “Have some personality out there and have fun.”

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Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner took a little bit of exception to it.

“I understand he’s just trying to be funny, but still it’s kind of a stupid celebration,” Alzner said. “It’s like those teams in the world junior riding their stick giving high-fives across the bench.”

But naturally, teammates were supportive.

“That was pretty funny,” forward Kyle Clifford said.

Here’s the video:

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Tebowing became a national trend during the Denver Broncos quarterback’s streak of six consecutive wins as starter. When he was watching Sunday’s NFL playoff game that Tebow won in overtime with a pass to Demaryius Thomas, his friends from Michigan just about dared him to celebrate like Tebow if he scored.

Johnson is believed to be the first NHL player to Tebow in a game, though he’s not the first hockey player to do it.

Now ex-Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Colton Orr Tebowed after scoring a shootout goal at “Leafs Nation Fan Night,” an intrasquad skills competition, on Dec. 20.

“I’m a Tebow fan too and I thought about doing it,” center Tyler Bozak said, as quoted by the Toronto Star.

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The video:

Ross Gaudet of Boston University at least waited until a real game to Tebow, doing so after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Cornell on Nov. 26. It was also his first goal of the season.

It’s the most exciting goal I’ve ever scored, and one of the best moments of my athletic career,” Gaudet said, as quoted by USCHO.

The video:

Not to be outdone, Colorado native Mike TestwuideTebowed after an overtime winner for the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League on Dec. 31.

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Johnson insisted this was a one-time celebration. Maybe for him, but it’s doubtful that was the last Tebowing in the NHL this season.