T.J. Oshie is likely out for the playoffs with a broken collar bone after a scary incident in Thursday’s playoff game against the Hurricanes, according to the Washington Post.
The 32-year-old forward left Game 4 of the Caps’ Eastern Conference first-round series after a hit from Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele sent him headfirst into the boards.
Oshie stayed down on the ice for several minutes and left soon after holding his shoulder and arm area.
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin had to be held back from getting into it with Hurricanes players after the incident.
“If the guy’s hurt, it’s a dirty play,” Ovechkin told reporters after the game. “It has to be not two minutes. It has to be a different call.”
Foegele explained: “I was trying to lift his stick, trying to give him a little nudge. It was a little unfortunate play there, I wasn’t trying to hurt him or anything. I hope he’s OK.”
“It was a defenseless player that was quite a distance from the boards,” Reirden said. “That’s an extremely dangerous play and (Oshie) will not be with our team for a while.”
Oshie missed 23 games this season with concussion-like symptoms.
This is obviously a much different issue, but one that costs the Capitals nonetheless as Oshie is a vital member of Washington’s roster, a deft scorer and physical player.
The Capitals lost the game, 2-1, but came back to win Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead.