T.J. Oshie opened the scoring in Wednesday's game against the Boston Bruins with a breakaway goal that he neatly sent through the five-hole of goalie Tuukka Rask. He was so wide open, it looked like Oshie was essentially taking a penalty shot, something we all know he excels at.
But as nice as the finish was, the setup by Nicklas Backstrom was even better.
After intercepting a pass by Brad Marchand, Backstrom then sent a perfect saucer pass over the sticks of both Marchand and Colin Miller right to the blade of Oshie who was all alone behind the defense.
"It takes some touch," head coach Barry Trotz said of the pass.
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Despite the high degree of difficulty, Oshie said he knew immediately that Backstrom would be able to get him the puck which was evident as he immediately took off down the ice as soon as Backstrom stole the pass away.
"I knew Nick was going to be able to get that puck through those two guys to me," Oshie said. How?
"Just cause Nicky's Nicky."
As incredible as the pass was, the Caps have gotten used to those kinds of dazzling plays from the veteran center. But don't make the mistake of thinking those kinds of plays are commonplace.
Trotz added context to Backstrom's phenomenal skill level after the game.
"It looks normal to us, but he's got elite hands. He's one of the best passers that have played the game. You look at how many passes and how he makes it and how he runs the power play and his poise and his patience. He's an outstanding player, playmaker, as good as anybody.
"He's the best I've ever coached, that's for sure, when it comes to playmaking."
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