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Oshie, Carlson endorse hiring of Tortorella


Oshie, Carlson endorse hiring of Tortorella

It remains to be seen whether Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie and defenseman John Carlson will be named to Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, but both approved of the hiring of John Tortorella as the team’s head coach late Monday night.

“Maybe he does have a reputation for yelling or do this or that,” Carlson said. “But at the end of the day he’s had success and he’s been around long enough that he demands that respect and he deserves it for what he’s done.”
Tortorella, a 57-year-old Boston native, is the winningest American-born coach in NHL history with 446 victories, nine more than Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette. Tortorella won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and also coached the Rangers and Canucks.

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“I don’t know him personally,” said Oshie, who teamed up with Carlson and Caps defenseman Brooks Orpik on Team USA for the 2014 Winter Olympics under Dan Bylsma. “He’s never coached me before, but obviously he’s proven he can win games and I think it’s great.”

The World Cup is scheduled to begin on Sept. 17 and can end no later than Oct. 1, with all games being played in Toronto. Team USA will be grouped with Canada, the Czech Republic and Team Europe and Oshie said it will be up to the players to unite quickly for the tournament.

“I think when you have the right personalities in the locker room it goes a lot quicker,” Oshie said. “And from what I hear Torts gets his guys in shape pretty quick as far as what he expects of them. I don’t think it should be too hard.”

The U.S. won the event in its inaugural year of 1996 in Philadelphia.

Carlson said his No. 1 priority this season is playing well for the Capitals, and if that means a Team USA selection in March, he’ll take it.

“I plan on going out there and playing as hard as I can for this team, the Capitals, and if I play well and make my team better and make myself better it gives me a better chance,” Carlson said.

Oshie said that if he makes the U.S. team it will mean for as shorter summer and more attention to offseason training.

“It is a good time of the year because guys can still enjoy their summers, they just have to be ready to go little quicker,” Oshie said. “I think it’s going to be great for hockey and fun for whoever’s on the team.”

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Being an Olympic hero is not all T.J. Oshie has in common with 2018 U.S. Women's hockey team

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Being an Olympic hero is not all T.J. Oshie has in common with 2018 U.S. Women's hockey team

Four years ago, Capitals forward T.J. Oshie was the shootout king in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. This time around Gigi Marvin was one of the Americans who provided the extra-time heroics for Team USA at Pyeongchang, carrying the women’s hockey team to the gold medal.

Ironically enough, they both were the King and Queen of their high school’s dance back in 2005.

Marvin and Oshie both went to Warroad High School in Minnesota. They graduated from the same class in 2005. Nearly every high school in the country would wish for just one Olympian, this one got two legends in one class.

Oshie famously took the puck six times for Team USA in a shootout to beat Russia back in 2014. Marvin scored the first tally of the shootout in the gold medal game against Canada. The United States would go on to win the match in seven rounds.

Oshie would go on to congratulate his fellow Warroad alum after the match.

Whoever cast the deciding votes, must have known that these two destined for glory. One could now call them the King and Queen of Olympic shootouts.


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Caps prospect watch: Boyd dedicates 4-goal performance to daughter after week in the hospital


Caps prospect watch: Boyd dedicates 4-goal performance to daughter after week in the hospital

It would have been understandable if Travis Boyd struggled this past week. Something more important was on his mind.

Boyd spent the week in the hospital with his daughter, Hayden, who had been experiencing pain in her throat. He spent the enitre week in the hospital, not leaving until Hershey's game against Laval.

Boyd turned this trial into something incredible as he scored four goals Friday in Hershey's 6-3 win.

Boyd spoke about the ordeal with Zach Fisch of the Bears Radio Network (transcription via RMNB).

“It actually started after the game last Sunday against Rochester," he said. "I went straight from the rink to Urgent Care and then from Urgent Care to the ER. Never left the hospital until Friday morning. We had a successful surgery on Thursday night. Basically just a bad infection in her throat that had to be surgically removed. They had to surgically go in and kind of remove the bacteria and drain out the fluids. Everything went well. She’s doing well.”

Following the game, Boyd dedicated his performance to Hayden.

A four-goal game at the AHL level would have been an incredible accomplishment on its own. The fact that it came during such a trying time for him makes this a truly inspirational story.

You can watch highlights of the game including all four of Boyd's goals here:


Other prospect notes:

  • In the Bears' game Friday against Laval, Riley Barber dropped the gloves with Markus Eisenchmid.  Barber was given an extra minor and game misconduct for instigating the fight in the final five minutes of the game. That penalty carries with it an automatic one-game suspension which Barber served Saturday. Here's a look at the fight.

  • Liam O'Brien had a pair of two-goal games over the week, scoring twice against Laval Friday and then two more against Toronto on Monday. Of his four goals, three of them were empty netters.
  • As the Capitals prepare for their Stadium Series game in Annapolis on March 3, Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley—a native of Perth, Australia—made a plea to see Nathan Walker recalled for the game.  “I’ll have to put a quick shout out to the one Australian that’s playing for the Caps now, Nathan Walker. If you could just bring him up for this game, that’d be great. Because an Australian being in a hockey game is like a Jamaican bobsled team. It doesn’t happen very often.”

  • Brian Pinho was honored Friday in Providence College's Senior Night. He has served as captain of the team this season and as an assistant captain in his junior year. He spoke with The Cowl on what being a leader on the team means to him. "I think being a leader of this team is a great honor, but also a huge responsibility. I try to keep everything fun at the rink, while also bringing some intensity and competing hard every day.” You can read the full story here.
  • Goalie Adam Carlson, who was on loan to the Indy Fuel of the ECHL, was reassigned to the Kansas City Mavericks also of the ECHL. He started two games for his new team and turned aside 42 of the 48 total shots he faced.

Who are the Caps' top 10 prospects? Find out here in his week's updated rankings.