This One’s For Coach: T.J. Oshie Scores In First Game Since the Passing Of His Father

Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals Right Wing T.J. Oshie returned to the ice on Wednesday night against the New York Rangers for the first time since the death of his father Tim “Coach” Oshie. While the emotions running high from Monday night’s contest continued for the two teams, for Oshie, the game meant something more. And in a moment that makes hockey great, Oshie scored in his first game back since the death of his father.

With tensions still evident in the game, and the two clubs ending the chaotic first period tied at 0-0, the Capitals entered the second on an abbreviated power play. This however, was all it took for Oshie to pot his team-leading 12th power play marker on assists from Brenden Dillon and Trevor van Riemsdyk.

The goal marked Oshie’s 19th of the 2020-21 season. He would add a second goal and power play tally just over eight minutes later, for his 20th goal of the season and 13th power play marker on assists from Nicklas Backstrom and Dmitry Orlov.

The goal gave Oshie his sixth career, 20-goal season of his NHL career, and his 147th goal since joining the Capitals in the summer of 2015, a number that ranks behind only captain Alex Ovechkin since the 2015-16 season.

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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