TJ Oshie had one of those games you’ll never forget as a fan.
Oshie suffered two brutal shots to the head during the game — a high stick to the eye and a shoulder to the chin from Evgeni Malkin. After receiving several stitches on the bridge of his nose in the first period and going through concussion protocol in the third, the Capitals forward managed to return to late in the game and scored the decisive goal.
Sure, those things are cool and speak to TJ’s toughness as a hockey player. But it’s what happened after the game which showed some insight into Oshie’s character as a human being.
During a national postgame interview with Brian Boucher, the NBC analyst began by declaring it was “Oshie’s night,” praising the forward for his big game.
TJ, demurred, instead putting the spotlight on Braden Holtby.
“It was more Holts’ night than my night,” Oshie said. “He saved us quite a bit out there.”
Oshie also praised John Carlson on his goal, saying that the defenseman’s pass allowed him to shoot at an empty net.
Once he was finished answering questions, Oshie then walked off the ice, but not before making the night of a tiny fan. Oshie gave away the stick he scored the game-winning goal with.
You’d think that’s a hockey stick he’d want to keep and wear out until all the luck is gone. But nope. Not TJ. Instead, this young kid will have a souvenir he’ll cherish forever.
These moments will never, ever get old. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/mhigzqEW1e
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) November 8, 2018
With all the divisiveness going on in this country, it’s nice to see someone thinking of someone else on a night where they have such a huge platform. We need more of this.
Maybe be like TJ the next time something great happens to you. It will make the world a better place.
He's still on cloud nine this morning 😉 pic.twitter.com/ohF2Yf6zrc
— DC-Family (@fullfare) November 8, 2018
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