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Oshie atones for dreadful four-putt in Lake Tahoe

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Oshie atones for dreadful four-putt in Lake Tahoe

Say this about newest Capital T.J. Oshie: From changing uniform numbers and mending broken hearts to rubbing elbows with his new fans and golfing with sports celebrities, the Caps’ 28-year-old right wing sure has packed a lot into the month of July.

And by the end of this week he'll be moved into a new house and married.

Acquired by the Caps from the St. Louis Blues on July 2, Oshie endured flight delays to arrive in Washington on July 10 for a meet and greet the next morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex that drew more than 2,500 fans for Fan Fest. He also helped arrange a care package that he sent to 5-year-old St. Louis Blue fan Libby Lu, whose allegiance seems to be shifting to the nation’s capital.

“That was great of the Caps’ organization to do that,” Oshie told the Nevada Appeal. “They got wind of it and we sent her gifts.”

With Libby Lu’s heart mended, Oshie then caught a flight to Lake Tahoe for this past weekend’s American Century Championship, where he promised CSNwashington.com that he would atone for his dreadful four-putt performance in last year’s event.

He did just that, recording scores of 80 on Friday and Saturday and finishing with a strong 77 score on Sunday on the par-72 course. His 33 points (complete scorecard here)  were 13 more than he managed last year and placed him in a tie for 29th place with two-time Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen.

Former major league pitcher Mark Mulder won the event with 82 points.

“Last year was extremely difficult,” Oshie said. “They had me playing with Joe Sakic and Jeremy Roenick, and that made me nervous. They were idols to me. I was keeping Joe’s score, and I told my caddie to tell me what Joe scored because my hands were shaking so much.

“This year was much better. Playing with Steve (Young) and Herm (Edwards) was great. They were really laid back.”

Speaking of Roenick, he also atoned for himself on this catch and run from John Elway during the celebrity classic.

Oshie’s busy month isn’t over yet. This weekend he gets to move into his new house in Minnesota and marry his longtime sweetheart, Lauren Cosgrove, who offers a glimpse into the couple’s wedding plans here.

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Tom Wilson is single-handedly trying to fight every player on the Lightning in Game 7

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Tom Wilson is single-handedly trying to fight every player on the Lightning in Game 7

TOM WILSON IS ALL JACKED UP ON MOUNTAIN DEW. 

17 minutes into Game 7 and Tom Wilson is already out here doing Tom Wilson things. 

First, there were these shenanigans:

Pretty standard stuff. Some anger words, some glove pulling. Nothing special. Then, friends - then it gets real:

Let this marinate a little bit. Wilson got a minor for fighting, served his time, and then IMMEDIATELY came out of the box and did literally the exact same thing. 

He punched a guys helmet off. Those helmets have straps to stay on for this exact reason, and it didn't matter. If this was medieval jousting, Braydon Coburn would be declared the loser on the spot. 

Get you a friend like Tom Wilson. 

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In a surprise twist, Barry Trotz takes The Hot Lap ahead of Game 7

In a surprise twist, Barry Trotz takes The Hot Lap ahead of Game 7

TAMPA—Head Coach Barry Trotz skated the hot lap prior to Wednesday’s Game 7 at Amalie Arena, taking over the superstitious tradition from captain Alex Ovechkin.

Why the change?

The Caps lost Game 5 here on Saturday. And when the Caps lose on the road—the only place where the morning-skate-starting hot lap takes place—a new skater is selected.

The weird tradition began in the first round at Nationwide Arena in Columbus when Jay Beagle grew tired of waiting for the ice to freeze over following a fresh Zamboni cut. Beagle's teammates implored him to wait a little longer for the ice to cure, but he grew impatient and took it upon himself to kick off the skate by racing around the rink, a la the fastest skater competition at the All Star Skills competition.

Ovechkin took it over prior to Game 6 in Pittsburgh because the Caps had lost Game 4 at PPG Paints Arena.

Ovechkin proudly carried on the tradition as Washington won three in a row—Game 6 in Pittsburgh and Games 1 and 2 of this series vs. Tampa Bay.

Following the Caps’ 3-2 defeat in Game 5 here, though, it was expected that a change would be made.

And on Wednesday morning the baton changed hands, with the least obvious of all the Caps busting his 55-year-old hump around the rink much to the delight of his players and assistants.

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