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What Capitals players have been up to during COVID-19 hiatus from play

What Capitals players have been up to during COVID-19 hiatus from play

Tuesday's outline for the league’s return to play means it is time for the players to start planning a return to the Washington area for the eventual resumption of the season. But getting all the players back to Washington is going to take some time given how they are all over the globe. Here’s a look at how a number of Caps’ players have been spending the pause in the season. 

Nicklas Backstrom became a father of three with the birth of his daughter, Alizee in April.

Travis Boyd may have gotten the best present ever as his long-time girlfriend, Kelsey DeGonda, hired artist Taylor Kamp Olson to paint Boyd hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Brenden Dillon initially spent the first few weeks of the pause in a hotel in Arlington, but eventually returned to his home in San Jose. It was there he apparently discovered Tik Tok.

Braden Holtby and his family have stayed in Virginia throughout the pause. He has kept himself busy doing things like saving a kitten on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

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Lars Eller donated a “Health Cleanse Portal” to the Central Union Mission homeless shelter near Union Station. He detailed why this was important to him in an episode of the Capitals Talk Podcast.

Nick Jensen became a father right after the season paused as he and his wife welcomed their first child, Lorenzo, on St. Patrick’s Day.

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Enzos ready in case the season starts back up 😉

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Ilya Kovalchuk has been finding some pretty unique ways to get a workout in.

T.J. Oshie and his family have been among the bigger stars of the NHL’s pause. First, Oshie became a father of three with the birth of his son, Campbell. His daughters, Lyla and Leni, gave him a surprise makeover and their McLean home was featured in Architectural Digest.

Alex Ovechkin remained in the area initially working out with his trainer who came into town just before the season was paused. Ovechkin took on Wayne Gretzky on NHL 20 for charity where both agreed to an eventual tie. He then flew his family to Miami where he continues to work preparing for the return to the season.

Jonas Siegenthaler returned to his native Switzerland. From there, he and Jakub Vrana, who had returned to the Czech Republic, battled in a cook-off on Twitter.

Tom Wilson went back to his home in Toronto. His dog Halle has been the star of the season’s paws...er...pause.

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I guess I’ll just grow into it 🤷🏼‍♀️

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T.J. Oshie doesn't believe shootouts should dictate results in the Stanley Cup Playoffs

T.J. Oshie doesn't believe shootouts should dictate results in the Stanley Cup Playoffs

T.J. Oshie is no stranger to success in shootouts, especially in big games. Namely, his performance in the 2014 Sochi Olympics against Russia earned him that reputation.

If the shootout style was ever brought to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the NHL, there's a chance that Oshie's name would once again be called upon. However, the Capital isn't set on that scenario becoming a reality. 

As of now, playoff matchups head into as many overtimes as needed rather than a shootout. While that can be draining for players, Oshie believes it is a more genuine way to determine results in the postseason. Hockey is a sport that forces a team to come together as a whole, and he feels that shootouts take that away.

“Selfishly I’d love to see it. But I just look back and see some of the games that went to five overtimes and played past midnight," Oshie told NHL on NBC during a re-airing of his performance in the 2014 Olympics. “In the playoffs you need everyone on the ice, everyone doing their job. The shootout just feels a little bit more one-on-one.”

"So I don’t think it has a place in playoffs," he added.

As Oshie noted, he could see the fun and excitement in having shootouts in the playoffs due to his personal success experiences in those moments. Yet, his time in postseason runs, including Washington's 2018 championship has given him a larger perspective on the grind that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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The Capitals' Stanley Cup run was filled with grueling moments, but the success came from the team's effort altogether. Individual performances sparked big moments, but the Capitals were only as good as the sum of all their parts. To take that away in the biggest of moments is something that Oshie sees as wrong for the sport and the players who worked hard to get there.

“It’s just, after winning, I think you realize how much you need everybody playing well and so I think everyone deserves to play in those big moments," Oshie said.

So, while Oshie loves participating in late-game heroics, he'll take his chance at an overtime goal rather than a shootout. He does, however, understand that the continuation of the golden goal format could lead to more games with multiple extra periods. Though he is okay with those happening in place of a shootout, he also knows that he probably just talked himself into a lot more of those situations in the future.

“Watch I’ll go to like a five-overtime game and be dying an need an IV," Oshie joked. "And maybe change my tune.”

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Take a tour through the Oshies' house, thanks to Architectural Digest

Take a tour through the Oshies' house, thanks to Architectural Digest

As the NHL's season pause stretches into mid-May, the Oshies are continuing to live their best life. On Friday, their McLean, Va. house was featured in Architectural Digest and it is amazing. You can read more about it and see more pictures of the inside here.

"The five-bedroom manse in McLean, Virginia, is traditional and French-influenced," the article writes. "The gardens contribute to the sense of romance, featuring climbing roses and hedges."

The article also says they considered adding a putting green but that it was "an ongoing debate."

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The Oshie's hired designer Marie Flanigan to work on the house and T.J. let his wife Lauren do most of the design.

"Lauren would always show me Marie's Instagram and the things that she loved," T.J. said. "I'm not extremely interested in home design and things like that, but she really did a fantastic job. It was a dream come true for Lauren to be able to design her home."

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