After falling into a 3-1 series hole against the Penguins, the Capitals have clawed back and forced a Game Seven. The person who may be the happiest about this is TJ Oshie.
Let me walk you through TJ’s moments after the game and you tell me if I’m wrong.
First, Oshie was asked to do an interview with CBC’s Christine Simpson and talked about the Capitals’ success over the last two games.
How were you able to dominate the Penguins like you did tonight?
TJ Oshie: “We actually didn’t have as good of a first period as we would have liked. We ended the first period up 1-0, but we really responded well in the second. We had a lot of guys making sacrifices, getting pucks deep, playing the right way for the last forty [minutes] – maybe except the last two minutes there. Holts deserved better than that, but we stuck it out.”
Andre Burakovsky got shuffled up to the first line. Another two goals here tonight.
TJ Oshie: “He’s a really bright hockey player. He’s a great young kid. It’s nice to see him freed up. We know how much talent he is. We know how good his shot is. It’s great to see him putting some in the back of the net for us.”
Why is this version of the Capitals better equipped to go further than last year?
TJ Oshie: “I think there’s a couple different things. Experience is one of them. I think maturity is one of them. We got backed into the corner this time and instead of feeling pressure and grabbing our sticks a little too tight, we relaxed and played our game. We supported each other. We made sacrifices out there and that’s the biggest difference.”
Oshie kept the interview professional and thoughtful. He walked back to the locker room. Finally with a moment to himself, he let his emotion out… during John Carlson’s interview with Pierre McGuire.
Oshie lets out a loud WOOOOOOO that echoes off the walls in the underbelly of PPG Paints Center. Carlson turns around and laughs.
Did I just clickbait you into seeing the most awesome WOOOOO ever? I’m not sorry.
Now here’s TJ Oshie woo’ing against Ric Flair.
Life is so good right now. Please let it continue.
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