This didn’t look good for the Capitals or T.J. Oshie.
The 32-year-old forward left Game 4 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs after going head first into the boards following a hit from Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele.
TJ Oshie is hurt pic.twitter.com/YIK2JjeICQ
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 19, 2019
Oshie stayed down on the ice for several minutes and left soon after holding his shoulder and arm area.
This does not appear to be a fineable hit on Foegele as it was more of a shove in the back than a cross check to the head.
There was no penalty called on the play.
“I was trying to lift his stick, trying to give him a little nudge,” Foegele told reporters after the game. “It was a little unfortunate play there, I wasn’t trying to hurt him or anything. I hope he’s OK.”
Here’s what Warren Foegele told reporters: “I was trying to lift his stick, trying to give him a little nudge. It was a little unfortunate play there, I wasn’t trying to hurt him or anything. I hope he’s OK.”
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 19, 2019
Capitals coach Todd Reirden was heated about the play after the game.
“It was a defenseless player that was quite a distance from the boards,” Washington’s coach told reporters. “That’s an extremely dangerous play and he will not be with our team for a while.”
Reirden elaborated: “He won’t be playing anytime soon.”
Todd Reirden talks with the media after Game 4 with an update on T.J. Oshie pic.twitter.com/Nq4rXn9OEc
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 19, 2019
Oshie has a history of injuries and missed 23 games this season with concussion-like symptoms.
This is obviously a much different issue, but one that costs the Capitals nonetheless as Oshie is a vital member of Washington’s roster who brings a tough-nosed brand of hockey to the ice as well as a deft ability to score.
The Capitals lost the game 2-1 and the series is now tied 2-2.