On February 22nd, TJ Oshie scored a goal and tallied an assist against the Philadelphia Flyers. Oshie also suffered what Barry Trotz termed an upper-body injury which caused the talented Caps forward to miss four games over a period of ten days. The injury was a bit of a mystery.
Saturday night, Williams revealed the injury was a concussion.
After being asked about his first period fight with Nick Cousins, Williams revealed that it was inspired by Oshie’s injury during the club’s previous meeting.
“Sometimes tempers flare,” Williams said. “With Philly, it’s certainly a rival of ours. We’re battling for every inch out there. We had a little retribution last time. We had Oshie with a concussion, last time we played them. We just wanted to let them know we weren’t going to be pushed around tonight.”
The news was first reported by The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan.
Per Williams in this video, Oshie got a concussion in Caps' game vs. Flyers two weeks ago. Caps called it an "upper-body" injury. https://t.co/9IVddNuXFa
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) March 6, 2017
Oshie absorbed several big hits in that game against Philly. With 2:12 left in the first period, Oshie’s neck recoiled after a hard hit in the back from Sean Couturier.
Oshie was slow to get up, but continued with his shift. 32 seconds later, Couturier nailed Oshie again.
After a ten-day absence, Oshie returned Saturday night against Philadelphia, jumping back to his normal spot on the first line with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin. Oshie skated 22 shifts and received 19:19 of ice time.