By Ian Oland
TJ Oshie’s night against the Pittsburgh Penguins got off to a rocky start. He took a stick to the eye and required stitches, then took a headshot from a disgruntled Evgeni Malkin and had to undergo concussion protocol.
But with just over a minute to go in the third period, Oshie stole the Capitals a win off a beautiful assist from John Carlson.
With Alex Ovechkin tying up a defender in the slot, three players gravitate towards John Carlson at the point.
Oshie skates to the open ice just to the right of the slot, and Carlson fires a perfect no-look pass to him. Oshie just has to deposit it into the open cage.
Here’s another look.
Oshie’s celly was epic.
After the game, NBC Sports’ Brian Boucher asked Oshie about his goal after coming back from stitches and concussion protocol, but TJ was humble to start.
“We gave up a lot of chances tonight. It was more Holts’ night than my night,” Oshie said. “He saved us quite a bit out there.”
When asked to elaborate, Oshie explained, “After having to go through all the protocols and to finally get out with some time [on ice], it was nice for John to find me for the empty netter there. We’ll take the win for sure.”
Oshie was also nervous about Olli Maatta’s stick gravitating so close to his eye.
“It’s concerning right away. I think right away you’re nervous,” Oshie said. “It’s kind of out of control if something bad happens. It was a little nerve-racking I would say about 20 minutes later, everything settled down. Obviously, I had to get stitches. The eye itself started feeling a little bit better so I was able to come back out.”
What a way to finish the game.
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