Last week in Calgary, TJ Oshie scored a goal in his third consecutive game. After setting up shop in front of the net, Oshie one-timed a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov to give the Caps a 4-1 lead. Calgary pulled (and later released) Karri Rämö.
Oh his way back to the bench, Oshie celebrated by kissing the blade of his stick. The smooch was a semi-show-boat-y celebration for the American hero, but he had good reason.
It was Justin Williams‘ Ribor CCM stick. Oshie explained on Twitter.
— Peter Gubernator (@TheGOOBE) October 21, 2015
— TJ Oshie (@TJOshie77) October 21, 2015
I didn’t remember seeing Oshie break his stick, so I went back and checked GameCenter. Yup he totally did.
I slowed down and cropped certain aspects of the video to focus on Oshie.
Oshie breaks his stick while blocking a point shot off the face-off. As he skates up the ice towards the bench, he hands his stick off and Williams (off screen) hands over his. Oshie gets back into the play, performs a lift-check on a Flames defender, steals the puck, and scores.
Considering the context, Oshie’s goal is even more brilliant. When you consider how Justin Williams assisted on a goal with the same stick on the previous shift, there is only one logical conclusion: this stick has magic powers.
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