Tie-Breaker “T” Team: Tom Wilson Ties Game Against Avalanche With Late Third Period Goal, T.J. Oshie Scores Late Go-Ahead Goal to Secure Win for Washington


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Having struggled in their previous seven games heading into their late-night (Eastern Standard Time) game against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver, the Washington Capitals needed a boost to right the struggling proverbial ship. Trailing by one with under 10 minutes left to play in the third period, right wing Tom Wilson gave the team a spark with the game-tying goal, and T.J. Oshie broke the tie with just over two minutes left to play.

With the Caps trailing 2-1 heading into the final 10-minute stretch of the final frame, Wilson redirected a John Carlson shot past former teammate, goaltender Philipp Grubauer to tie the game at 2-2 on the power play at the 12:48 mark of the period. Lars Eller, who has been one of the team’s most productive players during their struggles, also picked up an assist on the play. The goal was Wilson’s 17th of the season and his fourth tally on the man-advantage, setting a new career best.

Oshie would break the tie with just over two minutes left in regulation, deflecting a Nick Jensen shot from the point past Grubauer to give the visitors the 3-2 lead. The goal was Oshie’s 22nd of the 2019-20 season. The goal extended Oshie’s goal-scoring streak to three games, and gives him nine points in his last nine games.

The goal secured a 3-2, come-from-behind victoryfor the Caps and earned them their league-leading 21st road victory.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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1 Response to Tie-Breaker “T” Team: Tom Wilson Ties Game Against Avalanche With Late Third Period Goal, T.J. Oshie Scores Late Go-Ahead Goal to Secure Win for Washington

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Hooray for the Team, they persevered and got those late goals.

    Barry Trotz used to tell the press about those times during a season when one would wonder “Would we ever win another game?” This game qualifies.

    Not pretty, but the Caps were less Gawd-awful than in the past three weeks. Sort of stops the bleeding for a while. Sort of.

    Power Play got a clutch goal. 43 Wilson makes a brilliant deflection. Number 3 was the best defenseman on the ice, and his shot got through for that final tip-in. Jensen is that “much maligned” player. Far better than he gets credit for.

    The Fourth Line was buzzing, didn’t get any puck luck. A good thing, Fourth Line has been big-time Missing-in-Action the past month

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