The Capitals went on to win, four-three, because of a Jay Beagle buzzer-beating tally within the final two seconds. Although Connolly’s objective went down as unassisted as a result of the Hurricanes technically had possession instantly earlier than Connolly’s shot, the play would not have occurred with out Oshie’s hustle.
“He simply brings a special component to me and Lars,” Connolly stated.
It appeared that Washington’s ahead depth took successful when the workforce parted with prime-six forwards Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams within the offseason due to wage-cap constraints. However forty five video games into the season, the Capitals have Oshie, who tied Alex Ovechkin for the staff lead in objectives final season with 33, enjoying on their third line. Simply as coach Barry Trotz did final season, he has been capable of unfold his prime scoring forwards all through the lineup for a balanced scoring assault, once more making Washington a troublesome workforce to match up towards.
Whereas opponents are regarding themselves with the Capitals’ prime line that includes Ovechkin and middle Nicklas Backstrom or a Evgeny Kuznetsov-centered second line, the ahead trio of Oshie, Eller and Connolly has scored 4 even-power objectives within the 4 video games these three gamers have skated aspect-by-aspect on the third line.
“Proper now, we really feel that with the variety of video games that we have had, we’re utilizing somewhat little bit of a deeper roster, if you’ll,” Trotz stated. “We’re making an attempt to unfold the offense out a bit of bit. . . . That is the place we’re making an attempt to construct as a result of if we will do something, it is going to be the depth of our forwards and our means to make issues occur and have totally different guys play totally different roles. Like [against Carolina on Friday], I assumed some guys have been off and weren’t having nice video games, however different guys are capable of step up and get the job completed. That is the great thing about it; they hold pushing one another. That is the signal of a staff that finds methods to win, and we have now.”
Oshie landed on the third line as a result of his personal play had been, as Trotz stated just lately, “not T.J. Oshie-like.” With eleven objectives and sixteen assists in 39 video games, he is unlikely to match his profession output from final season. He missed six video games in December due to a concussion, and whereas enjoying beside Kuznetsov and rookie Jakub Vrana when he returned to the lineup, the trio wasn’t productive. Oshie had only one level in seven video games with a minus-three score earlier than Trotz tried to reunite him with Ovechkin and Backstrom, the group’s prime line the previous two seasons.
That did not spark Oshie as Trotz had…