Connect with us

Capitals Features

Oshie: Capitals Were ‘Extremely Close To 100%’ Of Roster Being ‘All-In’ For Playoffs

Published

on

Capitals forward T.J. Oshie

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Roughly 20 minutes after Carter Verhaeghe and the Florida Panthers sent the Washington Capitals packing for the summer, T.J. Oshie took the podium at Capital One Arena and was matter-of-fact and to the point as he recapped his team’s performance.

From Oshie’s perspective, the Capitals had the potential to win the series, and the opportunity to close the door on several occasions. However, in Games 4, 5 and 6, Washington blew leads and ultimately dropped key decisions that led to the team’s fourth consecutive first-round exit.

“There’s still some reflection to do,” he said, calling the elimination “frustrating.”

The 35-year-old veteran is one of Washington’s top leaders in the dressing room and is no stranger to what it’s like to win. However, that last series win is a long time removed, as the Capitals have failed to win a playoff series since hoisting the Stanley Cup back in 2018. And looking back at the team’s mindset and mentality, Oshie admitted that the collective buy-in wasn’t always present in the dressing room since then.

“The last couple of years, we’ve been down and teams have kind of had their way with us a little bit,” Oshie said. “I don’t think the all-in aspect was quite there in the last couple years. This year, I think we were extremely close to being 100 percent everyone on board, and we let three games slip away from us.”

READ MORE ON WHN: Ovechkin Doesn’t Hold Back, Calls Capitals Fourth Straight First-Round Exit ‘F–d Up Situation’

As the team takes the time to look back, Oshie still praised his team’s fight and the effort that they put up against the No. 1 seed in the opening round of the playoffs, especially with Tom Wilson on the shelf. No. 77 led the series with six goals in six games. Still, Oshie stressed how mistakes can prove costly and ultimately, doomed Washington against Florida.

“Super proud of the way the guys have battled all year, and this series is no different,” Oshie said.

“In playoffs, the margin of error is so small. One bad bounce or one misread can change the whole momentum of a game. And all of a sudden, thinking you’re going to their barn up 3-1, [but] it’s 2-2. Up 3-0, lose 5-3. Now come here, up 2-1 — I think it was under 10 minutes maybe — and then all of a sudden we’re down one in the last couple minutes. Things happen fast, and we just didn’t shut the door. There’s really no other way to put it.”

The Capitals will hold their final media availability of the season on Sunday.

Welcome to your new home for Washington Capitals breaking news, analysis and opinion. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and don't forget to subscribe to WHN+ for all of our members-only content from Sammi Silber and the National Hockey Now network.

Get WHN in Your Inbox

Enter your email address and receive notifications of new posts by email.

WHN on Facebook

All the Capitals news that's fit to print

Sign up and get all of our stories sent directly to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.