Capitals

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TORONTO—T.J. Oshie responded on Sunday to criticism from Jeremy Roenick and other former Team USA stars in the aftermath of an ugly 3-0 loss to Team Europe in the World Cup opener.

“Those guys know how to win,” Oshie said. “Those guys proved that they can win.”

“They’re supporting us, but sometimes you need to hear some hard words to get you going,” the Capitals’ winger continued. “Those will definitely help.”

A handful of former American hockey stars, including Jeremy Roenick, Mike Modano and Brett Hull, voiced disappointment with Saturday's miscue-riddled at the Air Canada Centre. Roenick’s criticism, though, was the harshest.

Asked if he was surprised by the criticism, Oshie indicated that it comes with the territory.

“Not really,” Oshie said. “They want us to win. We want to win just as bad, probably more than they do. We’re working on our game here and we’re going to rebound.”

During Sunday's practice, Oshie was promoted to the top line, where he skated with James van Riesmdyk and Joe Pavelski. Oshie was active in the loss to Europe, directing six shots at the net in 18:04 of ice time. He also skated on the first power play unit.

 

USA (0-1-0) faces Canada (1-0-0) on Tuesday in what amounts to must-win for the Americans.