Days after one of his best games of the season — a two-goal, three-point night against the San Jose Sharks, TJ Oshie left the Capitals’ matchup against the Anaheim Ducks early with an upper-body injury in the second period.
It’s not completely clear how Oshie got injured.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) February 18, 2019
Todd Reirden gave an update on Oshie after the Caps’ 5-2 loss, but didn’t reveal much.
“He’ll be re-evaluated [tomorrow],” Reirden said. “Upper-body.”
A reporter asked if he thought the injury would keep Oshie out longterm.
“I don’t think so, no,” Reirden said.
A few Caps fans at the Anaheim game reached out to RMNB. They said that Corey Perry hit Oshie blindside in the face while the Capitals forward was without the puck and behind the net. Because it was behind the play, there appears to be no video of this hit on the telecasts. It’s also unclear if Oshie was injured from it.
Capitals senior reporter Mike Vogel shared that Oshie’s injury was “south of the neck.” The top-six forward has a history of concussion issues.
I did not, but I'm told the upper body ailment is south of the neck. So not to worry about the head in this instance. https://t.co/iV8QJ0Uhx2
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) February 18, 2019
Oshie only took the ice for seven minutes and ten seconds overall against the Ducks. He had three shifts in the second period before departing for good.
“We were moving players around tonight after losing TJ in the first period,” Reirden said. “We talked about it before the game – the role he has on our team in every single area of the game. Some of that is even at times taking faceoffs on his backhand side. You see how valuable that player is to us. There were some opportunities out there for other guys tonight, but we weren’t able to take advantage of it so we’ll take a look at some different players.”
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