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T.J. Oshie tallies first playoff hat trick as Caps take Game 1
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:18:33 +0000
Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) - T.J. Oshie tallied his first hat trick in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 overtime triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Verizon Center.
However, Oshie had to wait around four minutes for his hat trick and the game-winning goal to be confirmed by officials in the NHL Situation Room in Toronto.
Referee Dan O'Rourke, who was looking into the net from behind it, had pointed to the puck, signaling a goal, but it took awhile to find video confirmation.
"The wait seemed pretty long," Oshie said. "I thought I saw it all the way across. I don't know if I did or not. I put my hands up to the ref and he marked it a goal, so that kind of reassured me, but it was a close one."
Oshie circled behind the net with the puck and tried to beat goaltender Matt Murray inside the left post. Murray got there an instant before Oshie , but the puck went off the shaft of Murray's stick and then his right pad before sliding inside the post.
Capitals coach Barry Trotz said he was "confident it was a goal," but he remembered some video reviews didn't go Washington's way this season, "so, you always hold your breath for a second."
Finally, O'Rourke took off the headset, stepped back and announced that the video review confirmed that Oshie's goal was a good one. That allowed the Capitals and their fans to celebrate again.
It was the first playoff overtime goal of Oshie's eight-season NHL career.
"I haven't won too many championships in my lifetime even through the youth years," Oshie said. "That's kind of the stuff you dream about when you're a kid playing in the backyard by yourself, is scoring the OT winner and getting a hat trick. So, it was awesome, a great way to win."
Oshie's first goal tied it at 2-2 while the second gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead, 3:23 into the third period. He also thought his overtime goal was "maybe a little lucky."
"But, that's what the playoffs are all about," he said. "It's about taking the puck to the net, getting funny bounces and finding ways to get the puck behind the goalie."