Washington Capitals wing T.J. Oshie is expected to miss the rest of the playoffs after undergoing surgery to repair a broken right clavicle.
The team announced Oshie’s surgery Sunday afternoon. Coach Todd Reirden had called Oshie out indefinitely earlier in the week.
Oshie was injured late in Game 4 at the Carolina Hurricanes on a hit from behind from Warren Foegele. Oshie went right shoulder-first into the boards, and Foegele was given a two-minute minor penalty for boarding.
The 32-year-old had 21 points in 24 games during Washington’s run to the Stanley Cup last year. He had 54 points in 69 regular-season games and two points in the first round before being injured.
It’s unclear whether Oshie will be ready for training camp, but the Capitals will have to continue in the playoffs without him. They won 6-0 Saturday night and lead their series with Carolina 3-2 with Game 6 on the road Monday and former coach Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders waiting in the second round.
Aside from Oshie’s absence, so much went right for the Capitals on Saturday night that the chants from the Washington crowd changed by the shift.
Fans chanted for Nicklas Backstrom’s 4 points, Braden Holtby’s 30-save shutout and Devante Smith-Pelly’s return to the NHL.
In their first game since Oshie was sidelined indefinitel,, the Capitals got two goals from Backstrom, power-play goals from Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson and secondary scoring in the form of a goal by Brett Connolly and a successful penalty shot by Nic Dowd to make a statement that they were back after laying an egg in two road losses that evened the series.
“That was a pretty great response,” Backstrom said after matching his 2018 playoff total with five goals through five games in this first round. “We weren’t satisfied with the games in Carolina. Tonight we played some Caps hockey, I thought. Everyone bought in to everything, we worked together and it paid off.”
Ovechkin assisted on Backstrom’s second goal and Connolly’s first of the playoffs to again lead the way in a postseason win. The reigning playoff MVP has three goals and four assists so far in the series and is hurting the Hurricanes with more than just his patented shot.
Backstrom, who is known more for his passing, had five goals in 20 games during the Capitals’ Cup run a year ago that included missing four games with two fractures in his right pointer finger. He and Ovechkin were two of the best players on the ice Saturday with their team in a precarious spot.
“Obviously they got on the point sheet, but their play away from the puck, on the forecheck, supporting each other, they’re real tough to play against when they play like that,” said Holtby, who set a franchise record with his seventh playoff shutout. “I thought they’ve been doing a great job all playoffs, too. You can tell that they want to win, and the rest of the team will follow.”