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Caps' T.J. Oshie returns to practice Friday, updates status

Caps' T.J. Oshie returns to practice Friday, updates status

T.J. Oshie is making progress as he works his way back from a significant injury, but it still could be a few weeks before the Capitals’ first line right wing suits up for a game.

On Friday, Oshie joined his teammates for the morning skate, though he was a (very) limited participant. It marked Oshie’s first on-ice activity, in a team setting, since getting hurt a week ago. 

“Today has been the best day so far,” he said. “Just get out there and skate with the guys again. You feel like when you’re not playing, your schedules are kinda opposite. When they’re on the ice, you’re in the training room. And when they come off, you kinda make room to make sure everyone gets their treatment. It’s just good mentally to get out there and snap it around with the fellas.”

Oshie suffered an upper body injury early in the 1-0 win over the Red Wings. 

In recent days, though, he’s begun ramping up his conditioning by skating with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish.   

”I feel pretty good,” Oshie said after Friday’s 30-minute session. “The training staff has done a pretty good job of keeping me in shape and giving me the treatment I need. So I think we’re on a pretty good track.”

The injury has disrupted what was shaping up to be a career-year for Oshie, who had scored eight goals in his first 17 games. But what’s bothered him the most since going down is the sense of helplessness he feels during games.

“It’s more frustrating not being able to play when you see the team [take] a loss and you’re up in the rafters or you’re watching down in the training room,” Oshie said. “The individual stuff, that’ll all even itself out. But not being able help the team on a night when they didn’t have their best [game] is tough. It’s also not being able to get on the bench and cheer when the team when the team’s playing well. That’s what I’m most looking forward to getting back to.”

Trotz said the timeframe for Oshie’s return has not changed.

“He’s still week-to-week, but he’s making progress,” he said. “He can get in shape; his legs are fine.”

Oshie concurred, adding, “It’s a little new for me. Just going day-by-day.”

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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