The Washington Capitals’ long homestand continued on Wednesday when the Pittsburgh Penguins came to town for the first time since last season’s legendary loffs. This game lacked the intensity of a Caps-Pens rivalry in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Other things it lacked included good passing and not-injuring-TJ-Oshie-multiple-times. This was a nasty game, but it had a happy ending.
Goal-scoring through the first two periods came from the usual suspects: Sidney Crosby scored for the Pens on a first-period power play, then Alex Ovechkin did the same on a second-period power play. As time ticked away in the third, who else would score the game-winner but the returned hero, TJ Oshie!
Caps win 2-1!
peter did a art pic.twitter.com/JMOoZ81JV3
— RMNB (@russianmachine) November 8, 2018
Orlov – Carlson
Djoos – Niskanen
Bowey – Kempny
This is a wonderful hockey game between Washington and Pittsburgh made that much better because the great Doc Emrick is calling it.
— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) November 8, 2018
@ovi8 welcoming Malkin to Capital One. #AllCaps 🤘 pic.twitter.com/a8qOUbpLV8
— Marcus Boutilier (@SportMajor) November 8, 2018
So, after suffering two injuries that would have shut me down for a month and in spite of all reason, TJ Oshie returned to the hockey game and won the dang thing, roofing the puck after a pass from John Carlson. What a pleasant ending to a nasty game. Hockey tells us some fun stories.
We’ll have to keep an eye (which may or may not have a lacerated cornea) on TJ Oshie’s health status. Same with any supplemental discipline for Evgeni Malkin. I’d rather not, however, look at the stats or highlights from this game ever again. By the numbers or the puck movement or the injuries, this was ugly.
Goodnight to everyone except everyone except Braden Holtby and TJ Oshie.
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