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Oshie does it all in shootout win over Bruins

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Oshie does it all in shootout win over Bruins

T.J. Oshie did just about everything a hockey player can do Friday night in the Capitals’ 2-1 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins in the sixth of seven preseason games.

Oshie assisted on Alex Ovechkin’s game-tying goal in the waning minutes of regulation. He made goaltender Jremy Smith’s head spin with the flick of his wrists in the shootout. He pulled off a complete spin-a-rama for a scoring chance.

And he unknowingly went toe-to-toe with mammoth 6-foot-4, 212-pound defenseman Adam McQuaid, which might have been his most questionable decision of the night.

“That may be one of the bad things about not being well-educated on players in the East,” Oshie said with a smile. “I don’t exactly know who’s a heavy(weight) and who’s not.

“I think he might have given me an out there, but my helmet was in my face and I’m not going to back down. It was kind of fun. He might have gotten more shots than me but I got one in there.”

The fight occurred 63 seconds into the third period, after Oshie hit McQuaid behind the net.

“It wasn’t a dirty hit or anything,” McQuaid said. “I’m not really looking to fight him. Maybe he didn't know it was me. In that situation I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't.

“Once he started throwing punches, what am I going to do? I tried to respect the situation.”

Alex Ovechkin said he was happy to see Oshie, who stands 5-11, 189, stand up to McQuaid.

“That’s not easy, but Osh is a tough customer as well,” Ovechkin said. “I was up close and I saw a couple good hits in his face. He’s not afraid, especially against big guys. He’s not that big, but he’s strong.”

Oshie said he enjoys playing with Ovechkin and center Evgeny Kuznetsov, but wants to play a simpler game with them and avoid making dangerous stretch passes looking for breakaways.

“I brought more of a simpler game tonight,” Oshie said. “I worked on turning pucks over and getting on the forecheck and I think that suited us better than me playing too offensive. I just tried to put my head down and work hard. When you put that work ahead of skill the skill can come out later.”

Actually, Oshie's shootout skills came out following a scoreless 3-on-3 overtime that featured a 4-on-3 power play by the Bruins. As the Caps' first shooter, Oshie beat goalie Jeremy Smith and saw Kuznetsov beat him again on the Caps' second shot to give the Caps the win, thanks to a pair of shootout saves by Braden Holtby. 

"I said on the bench going into the shootout, 'I'm running out of moves already," Oshie said. "So let’s win some games early so I can keep some of them."  

[RELATED: Oshie, Kuznetsov lead Caps in shootout win over Bruins]

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How the Caps won their first round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets

How the Caps won their first round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets

Things did not look good for the Capitals after two games.

Facing a 0-2 series hole after losing both games in Washington, it looked like it could be an early summer. The Caps were going to be the first team to ever lose a series in the playoffs to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

HOW DID THE CAPS WIN THEIR SERIES AGAINST COLUMBUS? FIND OUT HERE

But the Caps rallied.

Washington won the next four games and turned what looked like it would be another postseason disaster into a postseason triumph.

Only once in franchise history had the Caps rallied from a 0-2 deficit and only once had the Caps won four straight games to win a series. They managed both against the Blue Jackets.

Here's how the Caps were able to rally to a first-round victory over Columbus.

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018: Capitals vs. Penguins schedule, date, time, TV channel, how to watch

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018: Capitals vs. Penguins schedule, date, time, TV channel, how to watch

The Capitals and Penguins face off in the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference semifinals, marking the third consecutive season the two Metro Division rivals have met in the playoffs.

The Capitals have beaten the Penguins in a playoff series just once in ten attempts dating back to 1991, and all five of the Penguins' Stanley Cup Championships included series wins over Washington.

The Capitals and Penguins split the regular-season series 2-2, with both teams picking up wins at home and on the road. The Capitals outscored the Penguins 13-12 over the course of the four regular-season games. 

The Capitals vs. Penguins 2018 NHL Playoff series will begin on Thursday, April 24 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. E.T.

Pregame coverage of the Capitals vs. Penguins on NBC Sports Washington begins an hour before puck-drop with Caps FaceOff, followed by Caps GameTime.

Caps Extra follows each playoff game with Caps OverTime after that. 

Stream Pre- and postgame coverage of Capitals vs. Penguins Game 1 on NBC Sports Washington.

Game 2 information has yet to be released.

CAPITALS vs. PENGUINS 2018 NHL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Game 1: Penguins at Capitals
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 2: Penguins at Capitals
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 3: Capitals at Penguins
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Penn.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 4: Capitals at Penguins
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Penn.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 5 (If Necessary): Penguins at Capitals
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBC (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 6 (If Necessary): Capitals at Penguins
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Penn.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)

Game 7 (If necessary): Penguins at Capitals
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (1500 AM)