T.J. Oshie returns to the Capitals’ lineup and is commemorated for enjoying in 1,000 NHL video games

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WASHINGTON — T.J. Oshie returned to the Washington Capitals’ lineup Sunday, getting again simply in year for the rite honoring his milestone of taking part in in 1,000 NHL video games.

And, extra importantly, at a an important juncture of the season, along with his crew making an attempt desperately to put together the playoffs. Oshie had two assists in a 3-0 victory over Winnipeg that driven Washington again right into a playoff place.

“We found a way to get the job done,” Oshie mentioned. “That was my message to them before the game is how much I absolutely appreciate all this stuff, but we need to get a win, that is focus No. 1.”

Oshie was once again nearest lacking the presen two video games as a result of trauma. The 37-year-old winger has been out on and off in fresh months coping with nagging again issues that experience threatened to derail his profession.

“I know he’s had a lot of injuries, but he’s a big part of, especially their success when they won the Cup,” mentioned Jets associate Scott Arniel, who was once on body of workers with Washington for 4 seasons training Oshie. “He’s an unbelievable professional to work with, a first-class person, first-class father, teammate, all that stuff.”

Particularly with Tom Wilson serving a six-game abeyance, the Capitals may just utility a wholesome Oshie unwell the stretch. Their upcoming match Tuesday at house in opposition to Detroit is pivotal within the Jap Convention playoff race, chasing the Crimson Wings for a wild-card spot.

“I find even of late, we’re missing a little bit of his poise with the puck, his veteran presence on the ice when things get a little bit scrambly,” lecturer Spencer Carbery mentioned Sunday earlier than the sport. “He can calm things down because he can find a way out of a situation with a lot of poise and calmness. … He handles those situations as good as anybody I’ve been around with his poise.”

Capitals gamers wore Refuse. 77 jerseys all over pregame warmups that shall be autographed and auctioned, with proceeds taking to the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Substructure. Oshie’s dad, Tim, died of the infection, which he was once suffering with when father and son shared an emotional week at the ice in Las Vegas when Washington received the Stanley Cup in 2018.

Oshie is in his 9th season with the Capitals nearest taking part in his first seven with the St. Louis Blues. The Warroad, Minnesota, local performed in his 1,000th regular-season match on March 16 at Vancouver.

“I was really excited to just get to No. 1,000,” Oshie mentioned. “I guess you don’t really think about the support and the love that comes after, so I can’t thank everyone here enough.”

Grasp of ceremonies Joe Beninati referred to as Oshie “the heart of the Capitals” as he and his teammates, together with sidelined middle Nicklas Backstrom, accumulated round him for a photograph. Oshie’s purpose tune, John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” performed over the world audio system.

The rite got here simply over 10 years nearest Oshie received popularity for his shootout efficiency on the Sochi Olympics when he made 4 of six makes an attempt in a U.S. victory over host Russia.

“He’s one of the elite players in the league,” Arniel mentioned. “A lot of people (know about him), not only his NHL career but what he did at the Olympics, the shootout stuff that happened, him scoring all those goals in all the different ways.

“He’s got some unbelievable hands – some of the best I’ve seen in some of the guys I’ve coached. His ability to do things with that stick is amazing, not only just the shootouts but tipping pucks. You watch him in practice tip pucks with the blade of his stick and the knob of his stick, and you get about 10 for 10. He has an elite set of hands, and he has a great personality, too.”

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