T.J. Oshie returned to practice Friday morning and after a bit of an injury scare against New Jersey.
In the third period of Wednesday’s 4-1 defeat, Oshie was knocked down near the net by Devils defenseman John Moore. Oshie got up, raced across the ice and slammed into the boards as he lined up a New Jersey player. He then gingerly made his way off the ice.
Oshie was checked out by an athletic trainer on the bench and did not finish the game as a precaution.
It’s not clear what was ailing Oshie but he felt good enough to participate in Friday's morning skate and then go through some additional on-ice work with the players who aren’t suiting up at PNC Arena in Raleigh.
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Oshie was not scheduled to play against the Canes, anyway, Coach Barry Trotz said.
“I got a little tangled up with a guy behind the net and, just, I mean it’s preseason, so just decided not to finish the last 10 minutes,” Oshie said. “I think in the regular season, if that’s Game 1, I just probably stay in. But I just wanted to be sure. It was a little precautionary thing.”
As for how he felt, Oshie said: “I skated out today and I felt normal. I feel good. I imagine I’ve got a pretty good chance of going Sunday.”
The Caps close out the preseason in St. Louis on Sunday. Trotz said he hopes the exhibition finale will serve as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, which begins Oct. 5 in Ottawa.
Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan finally got his day.
Over the weekend, MacLellan played host to the Stanley Cup, taking it home to his offseason house in Minnesota.
MacLellan brought the Cup to Powderhorn Park, where a youth hockey tournament was being put on by the Herb Brooks Foundation.
MacLellean talked with local media about the experience:
"It's a fun day, a fun day to see people react to the Cup," MacLellan told FOX 9 TV. "You know, it brings a lot of smiles to people's faces, people that sometimes don't get a chance to get close to it are getting an opportunity and it's fun to watch them enjoy it."
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Since the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup for the first time over one month ago, Caps fans, (and players), have rushed to their local tattoo parlor to get some ink commemorating the win.
We've seen the classic Capitals logo with the Stanley Cup, but nothing that comes close to the masterpiece that is Shane Peacher's tattoo.
Peacher tweeted to Joe B and Courtney Laughlin the finished tat: a work of art featuring Alex Ovechkin kissing the Stanley Cup for the first time as it's hoisted over his head.
Joe B replied making sure Shane had enough room on his other tricep for next year.
Shane replied that he's thinking of Evgeny Kuznetsov's iconic celebration that has since been dubbed the "birdman."
Shane got his Caps tattoo at the Helix Tattoo Lodge in Rising Sun, Maryland, by tattoo artist, Justin Holcombe.
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