Power Play Prowess: T.J. Oshie Ties Career-High In Power Play Goals Against the Pittsburgh Penguins

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With Washington Capitals captain and power play weapon Alex Ovechkin out for the first time ever against the Pittsburgh Penguins as he continues to deal with an injury suffered a week ago, and defenseman John Carlson also out, the team was in need of other top offensive weapons to step up in their two big cannons’ absence. On the Caps’ first man-advantage against the Pens, right wing T.J. Oshie did just that.

With the Penguins’ Evan Rodrigues in the penalty box for a Delay of Game, the Caps got their first power play of the night. It took less than a minute into the man-advantage for the host Capitals to convert. Oshie, a master of puck deflections, redirected a shot from defenseman Justin Schultz for his 18th goal of the season; Nicklas Backstrom also recorded an assist on the goal.

The goal was also Oshie’s 11th power play goal of the 2020-21 season, which ties his career-high in man-advantage markers that was set during his first season in Washington in 2015-16.

Oshie currently leads the Caps in power play goals with 11, two more than Ovechkin, who is second on the team with nine power play tallies.

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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