After going 19 games without a goal, a tortured TJ Oshie scored twice in the Capitals’ 7-3 victory over the New York Islanders. The goals were the Osh Babe’s 13th and 14th tallies of the season. Oshie scored 33 during the 2016-17 campaign where he earned an eight-year contract extension from Brian MacLellan.
In the victorious lockerroom, Oshie spoke about his multi-goal game and the relief of finally getting off the schneid.
Oshie’s first goal was scored 11:29 into the first period. The tally gave the Caps a 2-1 lead.
“It was a great play by Burkie,” Oshie said. “He kind of started the whole thing. I actually bobbled the pass a little bit, but it found the back of the net. So it was a great play by him. If that one didn’t go in, I don’t know, I don’t know what would have happened.”
Oshie would figuratively kick the extra point via an empty-net goal.
“Empty netters, they are always nice to score, but you realize that there’s not a goalie in there,” Oshie said. “It’s great to get it on the board, I guess.”
Oshie also felt vindicated by his even-strength goal, which ended a personal 33-game 5-on-5 goalless streak.
“Personally, I’ve been working pretty hard lately,” Oshie said. “This last month, and definitely these last couple weeks here, I’m trying to get my game where it needs to go. I’ve been moving my feet a lot better lately. It’s just nice to get rewarded tonight for some of the hard work where at other games the puck wasn’t coming to my stick in those scoring areas.
“I think probably my best game was in San Jose so far,” Oshie continued. “The puck was coming to me there, Winnipeg a lot. I was getting myself to the front of the net a little bit more. I must have had 3 or 4 rebound chances throughout the game. I feel like I’m starting to get into those scoring areas more without having to really think about it. It’s coming a little bit more naturally, which for a while there, I had to really focus on it and think about what I was doing out there. The game’s coming to me more naturally, which is a lot more fun playing that way.”
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