T.J. Oshie wasn't on the ice as the Capitals faced the Hurricanes in Game 5, but his presence was felt all around Capital One Arena.
Oshie was injured on a controversial hit by Warren Foegele during Game 4 in Raleigh. There is no timeline for his return.
Though the Capitals won't be able to replace Oshie's production, the team called up Devante Smith-Pelly for Game 5 to help compensate for the loss.
As Washington was wrapping up a 6-0 demolition of Carolina, fans began chanting Oshie's name. The chant was loud enough for the broadcast crew to take notice.
They weren't the only ones. Oshie himself tweeted that he was touched by the cheers.
— TJ Oshie (@TJOshie77) April 21, 2019
Capitals players also heard the crowd and spoke about it after the game.
“I think he feels the support from us, from everyone, from the fans. And that’s what it’s all about," Nicklas Backstrom told reporters in the locker room. "He’s such a great guy, always gives back to everyone. So it was nice to see the crowd gave him a little love.”
"Obviously he's a fan favorite. He does a lot for the city and the organization and for his teammates, and he's going to be missed," Brett Connolly added.
The fan chant was hardly the only Oshie tribute of the evening. Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan did his best Oshie-chug impression while leading the "Let's Go Caps!" cheer inside the arena.
The Caps are back on the road for Game 6 on Monday. Pregame coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and the MyTeams app.
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