Return of the OshBabe: A Look At T.J. Oshie’s Return to the Capitals’ Lineup

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The Washington Capitals had been without right wing T.J. Oshie in their lineup since the tenacious forward sustained a lower-body injury on November 20 against the San Jose Sharks. On December 4, against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Oshie returned to the lineup for the first time since the team’s stop in San Jose.

Prior to the game, Oshie got the team amped up before taking the ice.

He also picked up where he left off with pre-game partner Tom Wilson, with the two teaming up for their nightly pre-game routine of butt taps during warmups.

Overall, Oshie skated a total of 16:23 in his return, recording no shots on net, while delivering three hits and one blocked shot, and finishing the contest with a minus-1 rating. The 34-year old forward has recorded seven points (four goals, three assists) in nine Games Played this season, with his return coming two weeks after the game against San Jose.

After the game, Oshie admitted some rust in his first game back:

“It felt fast out there, felt a little rusty. I haven’t been skating too much so I think it was kind of to be expected, but all-in-all playing with Mikey [Connor McMichael] and Shears [Conor Sheary] they did a good job of winning battles and getting pucks deep…I tell you what, it feels really nice to be out there instead of up in the rafters”.

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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