The Washington Capitals discovered by themselves skating absent with a exceptional 4-1 victory around the San Jose Sharks Monday, marking the 1st time in two years that the staff has achieved this kind of a feat.
A sluggish commence to the 1st period of time was adopted by an offensive explosion — Devante Smith-Pelly, Alex Ovechkin, Brett Connolly and Jakub Vrana all scored, and the Capitals appeared to be accomplishing almost everything appropriate. Nevertheless, the positives were being fairly eclipsed by a number of negatives, which includes an injuries to T.J. Oshie, which leaves still one more Capitals participant wounded.
In the 2nd period of time of Monday’s match-up, T.J. Oshie was skating on the penalty kill and checked Logan Couture hard into the boards, which resulted in him fairly shedding his equilibrium. As he went down, Joe Thornton went backward into Oshie, sending a blow to his head. The 30-calendar year-outdated Capitals’ winger fell to the ice and stayed down, and right after athletic trainers tended to him on the ice, he was in a position to skate off beneath his have electrical power.
Tom Wilson, who did not see the hit in authentic time, was not happy with the perform and decided to avenge his fallen teammate, dropping the gloves with Thornton in the third period of time.
“In that occasion, that hit, I did not like personally, I really don’t think the staff preferred it, whenever a man is down, it’s sort of a no-hit zone,” Wilson stated. “It’s part of the game. He stood up for himself afterward and I respect him for that.”
In accordance to Wilson, he would not comment on regardless of whether or not the hit was required until he acquired to see a replay, but stated he retains Thornton in substantial regard as a participant.
“I think he’s an truthful participant, he was just one of my favored players growing up,” Wilson stated. “He’s what’s good for the game.”
Still, the hit was just one that took absent just one of Washington’s leading-6 forwards, as well as someone who brings a lot of vitality and positivity to the locker space.
“[Oshie] is just one of our finest players. He’s just one of the leaders in the space, and it’s truthfully not excellent to see that hit in that occasion, and obviously, hoping Osh makes a comprehensive restoration and feels better before long,” Wilson stated.
Head mentor Barry Trotz experienced no updates on Oshie’s position right after the game, and he did not exercise Tuesday and is uncertain to draw into the lineup Wednesday against Chicago. In the meantime, Tyler Graovac will draw back again into the lineup in his spot, very likely until Chandler Stephenson and Andre Burakovsky are balanced sufficient to fill that void.
Alex Ovechkin’s Scorching Streak
The 32-calendar year-outdated captain continued his very hot streak, which has been burning since right after he broke a 6-game objective-a lot less drought. Ovechkin scored his 20th objective of the period Monday on a rapid backhander that defeat Martin Jones. His 578th job objective was also a historic just one, which served him steal absent the #20 location on the all-time NHL scoring listing, placing him in advance of Mark Recchi.
“I was amazed,” Ovechkin stated of his objective. “I really don’t have a good backhand but it goes in.”
Although Ovechkin stated he was stunned, Philipp Gruabuer admitted that viewing Ovechkin’s good results this period is nothing at all new, to him, but it’s mesmerizing to see each time he accomplishes a new feat, which to Grubauer, would seem normally.
“You simply cannot even hold up with all the fellas he passes, that Bossy man and that Recchi man right now. He’s a excellent man,” Grubauer stated. “He can shoot the puck… he shoots amazing. He’s just one the finest objective-scorers in the game in the game and he understands where by to set the puck and he’s dangerous and you simply cannot depart him on your own also quite a few instances.”
Trotz himself was taken aback by Ovechkin’s means, indicating that he “had tons of jump” in his game against the Sharks, and he has been viewing a lot much more energy and drive in the captain’s game this period.
“When he’s concentrated on making a issue or hoping to achieve anything, he gets some bounce,” Trotz stated.
And, when it came to passing Recchi on the all-time targets listing, Trotz was almost at a decline for text.
“It blows my thoughts that you can pass some excellent players in phrases of manufacturing, and to do it in the big difference of 700 games, that blows my thoughts,” Trotz stated. “I really don’t even know how to respond to that.”