Oshie scores game-winner after getting bricked by Malkin head shot

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(Screen grab via Rogers NHL Live)
(Screen grab via Rogers NHL Live)

Leaving the game after taking a brutal stick near the eye? Check.

Heading to the room after absorbing a garbage head-shot from Evgeni Malkin? Check.

Burying the game-winning goal for the Capitals with just over a minute left after going through two concussion protocols and claiming a few stitches in the process?

Yeah, check that box, too.

T.J. Oshie was all over the place on Wednesday, and the Capitals forward finished the night in fine fashion despite nearly dying on two occasions.


The gutsy goal was Oshie’s eighth marker and 13th point of the season, while a superstar wearing the opposite sweater padded some of his stats as well, but not in such team-friendly way. Malkin, as we know, is oozing with talent and has consistently been a top three or four forward in the NHL for the better part of his storied career, but he has a tendency to, shall we say, put his temper on full display from time to time.

The big Russian’s elite skillset does come with some costly discipline issues, which were on full display when Malkin was ejected after delivering an egregious hit to Oshie just 15 minutes before the latter nabbed the game-winner.


Capping off a frustrating night at both ends of the ice, Malkin made a drop pass after crossing the Washington blue line before getting his shoulder up and clearly clipping Oshie with a vicious, arguably intentional shot directly to Oshie’s head.

The play was illegal from several fronts — most notably it was clearly interference as Oshie was not eligible to be hit without touching the puck, but the hit was also a clear shot to the head as Oshie’s dome was obviously the principle point of contact on the play.


The Capitals winger immediately dropped to the ice before heading to the dressing room to be evaluated for a concussion. It was actually the second time on the night that Oshie missed some time after absorbing a blow to the head and flailing on the ice in pain — he took a high-stick in the first period and only played a couple of minutes in the frame before returning for the second.

Oshie, rightfully so, doesn’t seem all that concerned with any possible supplementary discipline Malkin could be facing, as he noted to reporters after the game.


Malkin, meanwhile, is no stranger to putting his team at a disadvantage because of bonehead plays and discipline issues, as this tidy tweet from Corsica founder Emmanuel Perry eludes to so well:


Two true superstars with two completely different impacts on their team’s fortunes — at least tonight.

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