Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie’s season ended sooner than anyone had hoped for but he should get in an entire summers work of workouts despite suffering a broken collarbone eight days ago, he said at the team’s final media availability of the season. He stated that his body “feels as good as it can” on Friday.
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Oshie said that he had a hard time fighting back tears when he heard Capitals fans chant “T.J. Oshie” throughout the Capitals’ 6-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 5 of the First Round Series, the first game that he missed due to injury.
He called out Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele for the hit that ended his season in the third period the Capitals’ 2-1 loss in Game 4, saying that it was “a little unnecessary.” Though, he did acknowledge that he has not watched a replay of the hit at any point since leaving the ice. Oshie was hesitant when asked whether he thought that Foegele’s hit should have resulted in any supplemental discipline given by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Oshie said that he did not like the way he was hit.
Despite many saying that his season was done regardless of how far the Capitals went in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Oshie said that he was planning to return this postseason but was “not sure what the doctor’s plans were.” He also said that the doctors know that he likes to beat recovery timelines. The team did not give him a definitive timetable for his recovery.
Oshie said that watching overtime in Game 7 made him really nervous and that his leg was shaking throughout. He thought that watching the game was a lot tougher than playing. He described the feeling of watching overtime in a Game 7 “nerve-racking.”
With his team eliminated, Oshie is now routing for his former team, the St. Louis Blues, to win the Stanely Cup. He said “I’d love to see them win. They’ve put in a lot of hard work as this organization. They’ve had a lot of heartbreak so it would be special with their story based on how they struggled earlier in the year.”
Oshie did not think the loss in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was easier because of the result that the team got last year. He said that “We still want to do it again.”
Oshie said that he will not follow the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs unless it is on and people around him want to watch.
By Harrison Brown