WASHINGTON, D.C. — T.J. Oshie watched the clock in the training room hoping he’d get back on the ice.
Oshie was back there for a second time Wednesday night after he took a shoulder to the head from Evgeni Malkin that made an earlier stick to the face seem like an afterthought. With Malkin ejected for the illegal check to the head, Oshie returned to score late and lift the Washington Capitals over the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in a meeting of the two most recent Stanley Cup champions.
The Capitals forward needed two stitches to close a cut by his left eye and went through concussion protocol before returning to the game and becoming the hero by scoring with 1:14 left. Oshie doesn’t care much what happens next to Malkin, who could get a hearing with the NHL department of safety. Oshie’s focus is solely on Washington winning its second in a row.
“My face is a little messed up, but I’m feeling pretty good now,” Oshie said. “He caught me there, and it is what it is. I passed my concussion test, went out and won the game.”
After Oshie took Olli Maatta’s stick to the face in the opening minutes, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin traded power-play goals in a vintage showcase of their career-long rivalry. While he sat waiting to return to the game, Oshie heard about how goaltender Braden Holtby was standing on his head to keep the Capitals in the game.
Predators 4, Avalanche 1: DENVER — Colton Sissons got his second career hat trick and Colorado had two apparent goals nullified on replay review as Nashville cruised to the win.
Ducks 3, Flames 2: ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Getzlaf scored 27 seconds after Calgary got a tying goal in the third period to lift Anaheim.