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After injury scare, Caps' T.J. Oshie felt good on Friday

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After injury scare, Caps' T.J. Oshie felt good on Friday

T.J. Oshie returned to practice Friday morning and after a bit of an injury scare against New Jersey.

In the third period of Wednesday’s 4-1 defeat, Oshie was knocked down near the net by Devils defenseman John Moore. Oshie got up, raced across the ice and slammed into the boards as he lined up a New Jersey player. He then gingerly made his way off the ice.

Oshie was checked out by an athletic trainer on the bench and did not finish the game as a precaution.

It’s not clear what was ailing Oshie but he felt good enough to participate in Friday's morning skate and then go through some additional on-ice work with the players who aren’t suiting up at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

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Oshie was not scheduled to play against the Canes, anyway, Coach Barry Trotz said.

“I got a little tangled up with a guy behind the net and, just, I mean it’s preseason, so just decided not to finish the last 10 minutes,” Oshie said. “I think in the regular season, if that’s Game 1, I just probably stay in. But I just wanted to be sure. It was a little precautionary thing.”

As for how he felt, Oshie said: “I skated out today and I felt normal. I feel good. I imagine I’ve got a pretty good chance of going Sunday.”

The Caps close out the preseason in St. Louis on Sunday. Trotz said he hopes the exhibition finale will serve as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, which begins Oct. 5 in Ottawa.

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When will T.J. Oshie return to the Caps' lineup?

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When will T.J. Oshie return to the Caps' lineup?

T.J. Oshie will miss a sixth straight game when Washington hosts Anaheim on Saturday night.

The Caps’ star winger, however, continues to make progress in his recovery from the upper body injury he suffered Dec. 4 against San Jose.

On Friday, he joined his teammates for the first half of practice while wearing a non-contact jersey. He left the ice, though, once the more vigorous work began.

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Coach Barry Trotz said Oshie’s early departure was planned.

“He skated today [but] until he does a full practice he will not play,” Trotz said. “He’s going through the protocols and all that.”

The Caps are not scheduled to practice on Sunday so the next opportunity for Oshie to complete a full session will be on Monday morning prior to the team leaving for a three-game road trip that will make stops in Dallas, Arizona and Las Vegas.

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Assuming Oshie receives medical clearance in the coming days and there are no further injuries, Trotz will have a tough choice to make once No. 77 is ready. Someone has to come out. But who? Chandler Stephenson? Devante Smith-Pelly? Someone else?

“That’s what you want; you want internal competition,” Trotz said. “I don’t know who would come out yet when T.J. does come in. But they’ll let me know.”

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Bruins coach takes issue with Tom Wilson coming to the defense of Dmitry Orlov

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Bruins coach takes issue with Tom Wilson coming to the defense of Dmitry Orlov

Tom Wilson is one of those players people love to have on their team, but others hate to play against.

An incident in the second period of Washington's 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday has once again drawn the ire of an opponent.

With the Bruins attacking, a deflection by Patrice Bergeron hit off the post and out of play. As the puck was going out, Brad Marchand gave a cross-check to the back of Dmitry Orlov.

Orlov took exception. So did Wilson.

You can see the replay here.

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With Orlov and Marchand engaged in a shoving match, Wilson comes in to defend his teammate. That did not sit well with Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy.

“Well, I voiced my opinion at the end of the period. I think it’s wrong and to me, to just put two guys into the box in that situation when a third guy comes in, there should have been an additional call,” Cassidy said after the game, per Bruins Daily.

“That’s the way I felt about it, they didn’t see it that way. Clearly, two guys, Orlov and Marchy [Marchand] were battling and for him [Wilson] to come in is unnecessary, to say the least in that situation. But their job is to police it on the ice, and in that particular instance, that’s the way the saw it and that’s the way it went.”

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Perhaps Cassidy was just fishing for an extra minor to Wilson, but it is probably no coincidence he said "a third guy comes in" when referencing the play.

There is a rule in the NHL against a "third man in" that states that a misconduct penalty will be assessed on "any player who is the first to intervene (third man in) in an altercation already in progress," but the term "altercation" falls under the terms of fighting in the rule book. Orlov and Marchand were assessed matching minors for cross-checking. The fact that the referees determined no fight was in progress means there was no "altercation" and the third man rule does not apply.

Marchand and Wilson were not done with each other and both players were assessed 10-minute misconducts late in the third period, but by then the game was already well in hand for Washington.