Sunday's game was Kevin Shattenkirk's third with his new teammates, but it was the first with his old one. T.J. Oshie returned to the lineup after a four-game absence allowing the two to reunite on the ice for the first time since Oshie was traded from St. Louis.
"It was great," Oshie said. "We were chatting all day."
Oshie and Shattenkirk were teammates on the Blues from the end of the 2011 season through the 2014-15 season. While Shattenkirk works to adjust to his new team, having a former teammate to work with should have brought instant chemistry.
Both players quickly realized, however, that there was one very important aspect to their game they needed to work on.
"With my former team I had kind of a secret handshake with almost everyone on the team," Oshie said. "It took us until before the third period until we could remember what ours was."
You can adjust to the power play or a new defensive partner on the fly, but when you don't have your secret handshake down it throws the whole team out of sync.
Luckily, Oshie and Shattenkirk were able to work through it.
"It took us awhile to figure it out," Shattenkirk said. "We were in the locker room each period trying to figure out what we used to do years ago, but we finally got it down pat."
Washington was held scoreless through the first two periods of the game. Once Oshie and Shattenkirk finally got the handshake down, however, the Caps scored twice.
"We got it right finally," Oshie said. "That's good. It's all coming back. It's great to battle with him again."
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