Climbing That Playoff Ladder: T.J. Oshie, John Carlson Move Up Franchise Record Books On First Period Goal Against the Florida Panthers

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After a tough, 3-2 loss in overtime to the Florida Panthers in Washington, D.C. on Monday, the Washington Capitals got off to a good start in the first period of Game 5, on a goal by right wing T.J. Oshie.

Oshie scored his fourth goal of the series and in five games on the power play at the 7:09 mark of the opening frame, assisted by John Carlson and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

With his goal, Oshie moved past Capitals great Peter Bondra in career playoff Points in franchise history, his 57th (27 goals, 30 assists) in a Caps sweater.

With the primary assist, Carlson passed his former Juniors and NHL Head Coach (and Capitals legend) Dale Hunter for third-most Points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in franchise history, securing Point No. 73. During the regular season, Carlson tied and subsequently passed Hunter in career Points (regular season).

The goal put the Capitals ahead 1-0 in Sunrise, Florida, a lead they would hold heading into the first intermission.

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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