Ryan Kerrigan fires up Capitals fans with Oshie party trick

Washington Capitals winger T.J. Oshie is expected to miss the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs after undergoing surgery to fix a broken right clavicle.

That includes a ideal 4-for-4 mark in the playoffs a year ago on the Capitals' run to the Cup when he only allowed one goal in a Game 6 series-clinching win on the road in Pittsburgh in Round 2, and then shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning in a decisive Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final (after also shutting them out in Game 6).

"I said at the start of the series that if they're going to knock us out, we're not going to do it easy", he added.

"It's over", Ovechkin said following a third period that saw the Hurricanes score three unanswered goals. But the top-end talent is still in place to finish a series win against Carolina, and even without a top-six forward another deep playoff run can't be ruled out.

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But the Hurricanes went ahead for good when Jordan Staal poked the puck past Braden Holtby's outstretched left skate - and the Capitals' troubles soon went from simmering to a rolling boil. "They've been outstanding. They've been the consistency to our group, and that's why they're our leaders". They had just one Game 7, against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and it wasn't on home ice, where Washington is 2-5 with Ovechkin on the roster.

The incident occurred with just over five minutes remaining in Game 4 when Foegele hit Oshie from behind, sending him tumbling into the boards at an awkward angle. "That's one thing that we could've done better in this series, and now we have a chance to keep improving on that with an opportunity to win a series". Two of which are from the Capitals power-play. Center Nic Dowd and defenseman Nick Jensen, both experiencing the postseason for a first time in their National Hockey League careers, said they didn't mind and actually benefited from the war stories.

"I do think that the experiences that we've been through, they make us a little bit tougher in a situation like this", coach Peter Laviolette said.

"We're still in it", Nashville forward Viktor Arvidsson said. Two sources are saying that he won't be back this year no matter how far they go.

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