T.J. Oshie 'highly unlikely' to return this postseason

Chris Lingebach
April 20, 2019 - 5:15 pm
 T.J. Oshie 'highly unlikely' to return this postseason

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Capitals forward T.J. Oshie is "highly unlikely to play again this postseason," Isabelle Khurshudyan and Barry Svrluga report for The Washington Post.

The Capitals announced Sunday Oshie "underwent a successful surgical procedure on his fractured right clavicle" on Friday. He is expected to be out indefinitely.

Head coach Todd Reirden said Oshie is “a tough loss for us. But we’re prepared to go without him."

"I certainly liked our response last night," he said of the Caps 6-0 win in Game 5.

READ: Capitals turn back tide in Game 5

Oshie was injured in Thursday's Game 4 when he was shoved into the boards by Carolina forward Warren Foegele with just over five minutes to play in the third period. At the time of the hit, Oshie, with his back turned to Foegele, was just far enough away from the dasher board that he could not brace for impact with his body. Instead he crashed into the boards with his right shoulder.

Oshie did not return to the game and Capitals coach Todd Reirden sounded crestfallen speaking of the injury after the game, repeatedly suggesting Oshie would be out for a significant amount of time.

"I just know that a defenseless player that's a distance from the boards, that can't protect himself, is in a vulnerable spot," Reirden said Thursday. "As a result, we won't be having a player – one of our key players – for quite some time."

Oshie was said to be wearing a sling after that game, according to the latest report from The Post. Foegele was assessed a two-minute minor on the ice for boarding, but did not receive subsequent discipline from the NHL in the days following the 2-1 Hurricanes victory.

The Capitals have only said Oshie is out "indefinitely" with an upper-body injury, although they have since recalled forward Devante Smith-Pelly from Hershey.

Smith-Pelly was an integral piece of last year's Stanley Cup run, registering eight points on seven goals and one assist in the playoffs, but could not carry that momentum into the 2018-19 season. After a sluggish start, Smith-Pelly was placed on waivers in February, only to eventually be assigned to the Caps' AHL affiliate after going unclaimed after 24 hours.

With Oshie sidelined, the Capitals won Game 5 Saturday night at Capital One Arena to take a 3-2 series lead.


Update: The Washington Post's Barry Svrula tweeted shortly after Game 5 T.J. Oshie suffered a broken collarbone on the play.

The team confirmed Sunday Oshie had undergone successful surgery on a broken right clavicle. He is out indefinitely.

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