SUNRISE, Fla. — T.J. Oshie fell asleep around the second intermission, but the game was still on his mind when he woke up at 6 a.m. The Capitals forward grabbed his phone and searched for the result of the Olympic gold medal game between the United States and Canada. He watched Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson’s game-winning shootout goal for the Americans, and he was filled with both pride and nostalgia.
“The excitement that she showed after she scored, I know how that feeling is,” Oshie said.
At the Sochi Olympics in 2014, Oshie scored four times on six shots in an opening-round shootout against Russia, propelling the Americans to a 3-2 victory over the host team. His NHL career is now 10 years old, but that remains the high point. Oshie has scored on 53.3 percent of his shootout attempts in his NHL career, and he’s always the first up when the Capitals have to decide a game in that fashion. He said Lamoureux-Davidson’s goal was “pretty amazing.”
“I think it was very smart the way she came in, kind of getting the goalie moving early and a little uncomfortable,” he said. “The move, if you watch it, I think it just kind of explains itself, but she did a great job selling the shot, faking to her backhand and then obviously putting it home.”
Oshie knows Team USA’s Gigi Marvin from high school — they’re both from Warroad, Minn., and were named 2005 Frosty Festival King and Queen — and he knows the Lamoureux twins through their University of North Dakota connection.
“I think it’s a really, really cool way to win,” Oshie said.
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