It was 15 days and seven long games since TJ Oshie scored his last goal against the Flyers. Early in the third, Oshie’s luck turned as he launched a rocket over Andrei Vasilevskiy’s glove giving the Capitals a 4-0 lead over the Lightning.
During the fourth power play of the night, John Carlson brought the puck up from deep in the defensive zone and lobbed a quick pass to Nicklas Backstrom who sent the puck across the ice to Oshie. All smiles, Oshie, referencing Marcus Johansson as well said, “Got a little bit excited after it went, in now hopefully the floodgates will open for me and JoJo”. Because of the team’s successes and wins Oshie indicates that he hasn’t felt pressure to score but went on to say, “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t nice to get that one”.
The Capitals, leveraging their power play prowess, scored on three of the four opportunities, a particularly impressive feat considering that the Lightning is 89.8 percent on the penalty kill and had not allowed a power play during its past four games. The Capitals beat the Lightning 4-2 and travel to Toronto today in hopes of extending to a five game win streak over the Maple Leafs.
By Stephanie Judge