“I’ll have to blame Tom [Wilson] for that one,” Oshie told reporters when asked about his celebration after the game. “I think me and him were the first two guys in the locker room when we got here to the game. He had mentioned something about it, so if you see it, it’s kind of embarrassing that you guys saw that. I was looking right at Tom when I did it.”
Oshie is the latest Capitals player to play well on his bobblehead night. Last March, Braden Holtby had 29 saves on 31 shots in a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames. In February 2015, Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Back in November 2013, Troy Brouwer had an assist in a 6-2 win over the New York Islanders. (Perhaps the Capitals should give out more bobbleheads.)
Did Oshie feel any added pressure to score on his bobblehead night?
“Not really,” he said. “There’s maybe a little extra pressure just to go out there and work hard. Other than that, this time of year is the exciting time, so the bobblehead night just amplifies it just a little.”
Thanks to his recent surge, Oshie is up to 16 goals on the season after scoring 33 last year.
“I’m feeling better, definitely,” Oshie said when Jason Rogers of Japers’ Rink asked him whether it’s fair to say he’s b-b-b-back. “I feel like I got a little jump back. The puck is starting to find the net a little bit for me. I don’t know if ‘back’ is the right term, but I do feel good, and I think a lot of guys are feeling it right now.”
Oshie’s celebration Tuesday was the greatest example of a D.C. athlete imitating his bobblehead since Bryce Harper lost his helmet while stretching a single into a double on his bobblehead night in 2014.
It was also the Capitals’ first regulation win against the Stars since Nov. 30, 2006, and it ended a combined 15-game losing streak by the Capitals, Wizards and Redskins against Dallas teams at home since Dec. 30, 2012.
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