Photo: Geoff Burke
The Capitals have a lot of skill, which makes them extra dangerous in three-on-three overtime. “We’ve got some good guys out there,” TJ Oshie said after the game to reporters.
That same skill makes the Caps downright lethal in the shootout. Barry Trotz didn’t even have to send out his three-time MVP, Alex Ovechkin, or arguably his best player, Nicklas Backstrom. Instead he sent out Oshie– the player who rose to fame by beating Team Russia in an Olympic shootout — and Evgeny Kuznetsov, the Caps’ team leader in points.
They scored easily.
TJ Oshie’s shootout goal proved to be the game-winner. He scored by putting the puck through Jimmy Howard’s five-hole.
“I’ve been pretty fortunate to find a couple of good moves that have been working for me,” Oshie said to Pierre McGuire after the game. “I wasn’t planning on going five-hole there, but I saw something and squeaked it through.”
Evgeny Kuznetsov gave the the Caps an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the shootout with this nasty power move. Skating towards the crease, Kuznetsov stopped on a dime, deked, and slid the puck past an outstretched Jimmy Howard. I was losing my voice at home shouting, but Kuznetsov saw no need for a celebration.
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