Despite Capitals’ Game 4 Loss to Panthers, Oshie & Kuznetsov Continue Playoff Productivity

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Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie and center Evgeny Kuznetsov had strong performances in the team’s 3-2 overtime loss in Game 4 to the Florida Panthers in their first-round battle of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Oshie opened the scoring with his third goal of the postseason, which he tipped in on a power-play.

It marked his 15th playoff power-play goal as a Capital, the second-most in franchise history only behind captain Alex Ovechkin (28).

Kuznetsov would put the Capitals back in the lead, 2-1, near the middle of the final frame on a breakaway opportunity.

It marked his second goal of the series. Both of Kuznetsov’s goals have come in the third period of games (Game 1 at Florida). Additionally, Oshie notched his 18th career multi-point game in the playoffs after recording the secondary assist on Kuznetsov’s goal.

“We forced them to make the turnover,” Kuznetsov said postgame about the goal. “We were that quick after that…nice pass…that’s something we’ve been focusing [on] a couple [of] years.”

“It’s one of those plays that we have to be patient and wait for those. It’s not going to happen every game. It’s not going to happen every period, but in terms of Oshie, he’s a big player for us…he’s a hell of a guy in the locker room and for us, it’s always nice to have him on the ice [and] off the ice. He’s that type of guy you wanna have around.”

On the team’s offense play, Kuznetsov said, “We have to play more over there and support each other and get some more zone time. I felt like in the third period, [it] was a little better…we’ll make some adjustments for sure and move on from there.”

The Capitals will look to regain the series lead back in Sunrise, Flordia, for Game 5 on Wednesday. NBC Sports Washington and ESPN2 will have the coverage beginning at 7:30 PM ET.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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1 Response to Despite Capitals’ Game 4 Loss to Panthers, Oshie & Kuznetsov Continue Playoff Productivity

  1. Anonymous says:

    Series tied. This is series is so close. Games 1 and 4 with similar scores, each team winning one, and blowouts in game 2 and 3, each team winning one.

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