T.J. Oshie: 'We're excited to...go to war'

Brian Tinsman
May 22, 2018 - 12:04 am
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The Washington Capitals have survived their first elimination test of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and will take this Eastern Conference Finals the distance of seven games.

At this point, everything that happened in the first six games--from the two-game lead to the three-game slide--are out the window. This is a one-game duel to the death.

"I'm tired right now," Game 6 hero T.J. Oshie admitted at the podium as he grasped for the right words to describe his emotions. "But we're excited to drop the puck here in a couple of days and go to war."

"War" adequately describes the team's mentality in Game 6, when they squashed the Lightning every chance they got. 

They more than doubled the hits delivered, 39-19, with Brooks Orpik blasting Cedric Paquette twice on one shift, Alex Ovechkin leveling rookie Yanni Gourde and Tom Wilson delivering the pain to all takers.

While it is tempting to imagine a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Caps promise to focus on the task at hand in Game 7.

"If you're looking at anything beyond that, this team is too good and they'll make you pay for it," Oshie said, referring to the Lightning. "We'll focus on puck drop, make whatever little adjustments we have to. Both teams have, for the most part, figured out what works against the other team.

"It's just a matter of who is gonna play longer, harder and do more of it."

Braden Holtby, who delivered a critical shutout on Monday night, echoed those sentiments.

"We've done a really good job, especially in these playoffs, of just staying in the moment and playing one game at a time. Game 7 is going to be no different than Games 1-6 of this series or any other. We focus on what we can have success with. 

"And once the puck drops, you go moment to moment. When the buzzer sounds, your goal is to do more of the little things and have a bigger effect on the game, to push the outcome in your favor."

 

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