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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.
T.J. Oshie is so good guys pic.twitter.com/Xali6XMeYH
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 29, 2021
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.
T.J. Oshie scores to give the Caps a 1-0 lead with his 18th goal of the season and his 11th scored on the power play. That’s tied for the most power play goals Oshie has recorded in a season (2015-16), and Oshie is tied for second in the NHL.
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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