Somethin’ ‘Bout the OshBabe: Capitals’ Improved Play With the Return of T.J. Oshie May Be More Than A Coincidence

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The Capitals’ injury list got one name shorter on Wednesday with the return of right wing T.J. Oshie to the lineup; the team secured a 3-2 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on the day before Thanksgiving. On Friday afternoon, the Caps once again saw an impressive effort result in a victory, this time a 3-0 blanking of the Calgary Flames.

In the two games following an eleven-game absence from the lineup, Oshie has recorded four points (1G, 3A), with a goal-assist effort against the Flames, and two assists in the victory over Philly.

The improved performances by Washington, albeit in a two-game sample, since Oshie’s welcome return to action is perhaps, not all that surprising. Since the 2020-21 season, the Capitals have been notably better with the former first-round pick (2005 by St. Louis) on the ice, and even better when he gets his name on the scoresheet.

The 35-year old Oshie’s offensive contributions are not the only reasons the locker room responds on the ice; his child-like enthusiasm and love of the game, not to mention a hard work ethic, energizes the team and translates onto on-ice results, something many of his teammates noted after today’s victory, including goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

Oshie has struggled with injuries in the last few seasons and was confident about his chances of playing a full, 82-game season in 2022-23. While that will not come to fruition, his return has clearly provided something the Caps have so desperately needed in the last few weeks and whether it is his offense or his intangibles in the locker room and on the bench, the longtime Capital has proven himself a difference-maker.

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. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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3 Responses to Somethin’ ‘Bout the OshBabe: Capitals’ Improved Play With the Return of T.J. Oshie May Be More Than A Coincidence

  1. Anonymous says:

    I always hated the Forsberg trade but had we kept him then TJ would have been out… and TJ was a major part of the cup run…

  2. Jonathan says:

    What cute kids. 🙂 I think they must be his energy source.

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