T.J. Oshie Records 500th Career Point, Caps Tame Sharks 5-1

T.J. Oshie scored twice, earning a milestone 500th career point, to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night in the second game of their season-long six-game road trip. The Caps allowed a goal to begin the game but ripped off five unanswered to exact revenge on a Sharks team that stunned the Capitals’ in D.C. on January 22nd with a goal in the last second to tie it and then go on to win in overtime. 

The Sharks struck first at 2:06 with a goal from Kevin Labanc. At 3:27, the Caps got a power play chance when Joe Pavelski tripped Dmitry Orlov. 11 seconds later, T.J. Oshie tied the game with a bankshot by the goal line. Oshie shot the puck after rebounding an Alex Ovechkin shot from the office. It looked like he intended to pass it to Evgeny Kuznetsov for a slam dunk but the puck trickled off a Sharks defender.

At 11:33, Jakub Vrana gave the Caps a 2-1 lead with his 18th goal of the season. It was a sequenced in which he essentially passed the puck to himself off a defender before ripping a shot.

The Caps would take a 2-1 lead into intermission leading in shots in the opening period 15-10.

The Caps added to their lead at 4:14 in the second with Ovechkin’s 39th goal of the season. Ovi buried it right from the office off a Kuznetsov pass.

At 18:02, Oshie added his second goal of the game, his 18th goal of the season and in turn, his 500th career NHL point. It was a no doubter breakaway off a turnover to put the Caps up 4-1.

Tom Wilson added an empty net goal at 17:25 for his 15th of the season. The Caps would go on to win 5-1. Washington outshot San Jose 29-26. Braden Holtby stopped 25-of-26 shots in the win. The Caps continue their road trip Sunday night with a game in Anaheim, a 9 p.m. eastern puck drop.

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