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T.J. Oshie notches hat trick in first game since father's death

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The Washington Capitals' 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday is one T.J. Oshie will never forget.

After missing Monday's game versus the Rangers following the death of his father, Oshie scored three goals on Wednesday in the Capitals' win, his first game back in action.

Oshie's first goal of the evening came just 12 seconds into the second period, breaking a scoreless tie. 

Then just eight minutes later, Oshie notched his second goal of the game, with this one coming on the power play. 

In the final period with Washington ahead 3-2 late in the game and Alexandar Georgiev no longer in net, Oshie scored his third goal of the game to seal the victory for Washington.

The emotion of the moment then hit the Capitals winger, as Oshie began to shed a few tears as he returned to Washington's bench following his third goal of the game.

Following the final horn, several of Oshie's teammates came over and hugged him, soaking in what was surely an emotional moment for the 34-year-old.

"I have nothing but love for my teammates," Oshie tweeted after the game. "I will be forever grateful for this night and especially because I got to share it with my brothers. #ForCoachOsh."

In a game that was defined by six fights in the first period, Oshie's performance on Wednesday night will go down as one of the best stories of the NHL season.