Capitals Tenacity And T.J. Oshie Pull One Out Of The Fire

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It was another hard-fought game for the Washington Capitals, just like the night before in Calgary. The only difference, it looked like the good guys might come up short in this one. Then T.J. Oshie snatched the game out of the fire with less than two seconds remaining in regulation.

The last-second tally pushed the game to overtime, thus earning a point for the Capitals. The Oilers would win it in the extra frame, but Oshie’s goal gave the Capitals three out of four points in a very tough back-to-back of set of games on the road.

“I just saw they had a lot of guys collapsed low, I just tried to find my ice. It was a good play, good job (Kuznetsov) to release it up to John (Carlson) and John made a heads-up play to get it down the middle to me,” said Oshie.

“That’s sort of in my power play area of one-timers, a little bit. Just through experience, I have a pretty good feeling of how to hit that top-left side. Threw it out there and fortunately it made it in. Real happy to get the extra point here, I’d like have that play at the end back. On a tough fought game last night and then another tough one tonight, you always want to walk away with two, but I’m happy to get the one.”

Oshie had two goals in the third period last night. His first marker was assisted by Nicklas Backstrom, which was Backstrom’s 1,000th career NHL point.

“What an amazing achievement. Guys just hope to play a game in this league. You hope to play 100, to play 1,000. A thousand points that’s only for the few elite. It’s super impressive,” said Oshie following the game.

“Obviously it means a lot, and it’s a big milestone,” said Backstrom following the game. “I’m very happy that I reached it today. Obviously, we would have liked two points, but Osh tied it up there at the end, which gave us at least one point. We’ll take that and move on.”

The Capitals will have a much-deserved day off in Vancouver on Thursday before they wrap-up their western-Canada road trip with a tilt against the Canucks on Friday night. A victory would give them five out of six points on the always challenging Canadian road trip.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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3 Responses to Capitals Tenacity And T.J. Oshie Pull One Out Of The Fire

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think Mantha has looked good so far… Sure hope to see Connor M at C in time

    • Anonymous says:

      He has. The second line has finally started to produce. If they can start becoming a factor in games that would be a huge boost to the team.

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    Second line (finally) starting to make some noise.

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