“It feels good," Oshie said after the team’s 5-1 Saturday loss to the New Jersey Devils. "I think it makes it a little bit more special that it’s voted on by the fans. Always had a lot of really great support throughout my career here and in St. Louis especially. So to be going back to St. Louis there is a pretty cool story.”
Oshie, 33, has 18 goals, third most for the Capitals. He also has 15 assists. Oshie has a connection to St. Louis: He was drafted by the Blues and spent the first seven seasons of his career there.
“He’s just a genuine person," Nic Dowd said of Oshie. "You play with a lot of guys that, if things are going well, they’re pretty good guys, and if things are challenging and they’re having bad games, then it changes who they are as a person. It’s challenging. We all go through it, right? We want to be the best players we can be. But I would definitely say that Oshie’s a genuine person from the standpoint of, regardless of how he’s playing, he’s happy when the team’s playing well. He’s a fun guy to be around. I think he’s definitely the heartbeat of our locker room.”
Oshie will join Capitals defenseman John Carlson and goaltender Braden Holtby at the All-Star Game.This will be Carlson’s second time at the event and Holtby’s fifth straight.
Alex Ovechkin was voted the Metropolitan Division captain by fans, but he decided he would not attend, citing his desire to rest and stay ready for the second half of the season and the playoffs. As mandated by league rules, Ovechkin will be suspended for one game preceding or following the all-star break for skipping the contest.
Capitals Coach Todd Reirden will join his three players at the game. Reirden, who was announced this month as the coach of the Metropolitan Division, coached in last year’s contest in San Jose and will be the first Capitals coach to be behind the bench for multiple All-Star Games.
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