After Missing Numerous Practices and Morning Skates, T.J. Oshie Hits the Ice in Saturday’s Practice


The Washington Capitals hit the ice on Saturday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in front of a packed house. As fans young and old checked out their team up close, the Capitals were hard at work preparing to even the series Sunday afternoon in Game 2. There was one familiar face that made an appearance that fans haven’t seen at practice in a while. 

For the first time since Game 2 of the first round, T.J. Oshie was on the ice practicing with the Capitals. Ever since Game 3’s morning skate of the Capitals first round playoff series against the Blue Jackets, Oshie hasn’t practiced, but still played in each game of round one and Game 1 of the second round against the Penguins on Thursday night. Oshie was back in his familiar spot on the second line and there were no changes to the lineup from Game 1:

Connolly-Eller-Smith Pelly

Oshie looked like his normal self out there. He enters Game 2 with four points in the playoffs, three goals and one assist. His last goal came in Game 5 of the first round. He also scored a clutch goal in Game 2 of that series that sent the Capitals to overtime.

Oshie also practiced with the top power play unit.

The team said that those practices that Oshie missed were “maintenance days”. If the Capitals want to square this series with the Penguins tomorrow, and ultimately get over that hump, they need everybody “all in”. Even though it’s not a game, having Oshie at practice is vital and is a good sign that this team is dialed in for the challenge at hand.

By Michael Marzzacco

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3 Responses to After Missing Numerous Practices and Morning Skates, T.J. Oshie Hits the Ice in Saturday’s Practice

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    “Maintenance Day” — the going hockey euphamism for minor ailment. It seems like the English translation for similar reports on Montreal Canadiens refers to them as “Therapy Days”

  2. Marie says:

    We’ve got this.

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