Carolina Hurricanes winger Warren Foegele addressed his shove that injured TJ Oshie during the third period of Game 4 of their first round playoff series on Thursday night.
Foegele crosschecked Oshie from behind into the boards late in the game. The Washington Capitals star went down to the ice in pain, holding his arm. Foegele, who scored the first goal of the game in Carolina’s 2-1 win, only received a minor penalty for boarding.
He said after the game that the play was “unfortunate” and he wasn’t trying to hurt Oshie, according to the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan.
Here's what Warren Foegele told reporters: “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.”
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 19, 2019
That’s not going to cut it for the Caps. They were furious after the game, with Alex Ovechkin calling the play “dirty.”
Expect things to get physical when the team’s meet for Game 5 on Saturday. Also expect the league to examine the play for potential discipline.
The Washington Capitals are furious over a “dirty” play by Warren Foegele that injured TJ Oshie during Game 4 of the team’s first round playoff series with the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.
Foegele, who scored Carolina’s first goal of the game in a 2-1 win, crosschecked Oshie into the boards late in the game. Oshie went to the ice after crashing into the boards and was holding his arm.
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) April 19, 2019
Caps coach Todd Reirden was furious after the game and said Oshie would be out for “quite some time.”
Todd Reirden says T.J. Oshie was a defenseless player. He’s furious. Says Oshie will be out for “quite some time.”
— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) April 19, 2019
Alex Ovechkin called the hit “dirty.” He was upset that the penalty called was a 2-minute minor for boarding.
Ovechkin on Foegele’s boarding of Oshie: “It’s a dirty play. It has to be not two minutes. It has to be a different call.”
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 19, 2019
The Capitals are planning to provide more information on the extent and Oshie’s injury on Friday. The series is tied 2-2.
How do the Washington Capitals prepare for a playoff game? With a proper test of their equipment, of course.
The Capitals shared a video on Twitter Thursday before Game 4 of the team’s first round playoff series with the Carolina Hurricanes that shows Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson giving each other a cup check before the game:
Cup checks pic.twitter.com/Ts1Bp2cVJu
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 18, 2019
The video was amusing, but the Caps probably weren’t amused by seeing the Capitals score in the first 20 seconds of the game to grab a 1-0 lead. The good thing is the guys knew the cup check was coming, unlike when it happened to Sean Doolittle.
One Colorado Avalanche fan got goofy for the team’s playoff game on Wednesday night.
The Avs hosted the Calgary Flames in Game 4 of their first round series. The Pepsi Center was rocking, and BSN Denver’s Ryan Koenigsberg even caught video of a fan behind the net who was waving a bunch of kale in the air:
My guy really brought a head of kale to the game lmao pic.twitter.com/OwBwFOxesl
— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) April 18, 2019
The kale bunch was a nod to Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar. The 20-year-old No. 4 overall pick from 2017 made his NHL debut in Game 3, even scoring a goal in the game. He recently joined the team after playing for UMass (Amherst) in the NCAA championship game.
We’ve seen hockey fans bring some odd items to games, and this is certainly up there, though much less gross than others.
The Tampa Bay Lightning were one of the best teams in NHL history during the regular season, and their hopes of capping off the year with a Stanley Cup are somehow already dead. Team captain Steven Stamkos is as disappointed about that as anyone.
After the Columbus Blue Jackets completed a four-game sweep with a 7-3 win over the Lightning on Tuesday night, Stamkos was blunt in his assessment of Tampa’s 2018-19 season. He called it a “failure.”
Steven Stamkos: “If you don’t accomplish the goal of winning it all, it’s a failure."
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 17, 2019
The Lightning won 62 games during the regular season, which tied an NHL record and had most people thinking no one in the Eastern Conference would be able to stop them. Instead, they were embarrassed and left to apologize to their fans for falling historically short of expectations.
It goes without saying that the East is now wide open with the President’s Trophy winner out of the picture, and the Blue Jackets have to be feeling like they have a shot to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. If the way they trolled the Lightning is any indication, they are as confident as ever.
What do you say to your fans after you let them down with one of the biggest postseason disappointments in history? That’s what the Tampa Bay Lightning are trying to figure out.
The Lightning became the first President’s Trophy winner to be swept in the first round of the playoffs, as they fell 7-3 in Game 4 of their first round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night. Tampa Bay tied an NHL record with 62 wins in the regular season, which had their fans thinking big.
Unfortunately, the season came to a shocking end, and a stunned franchise was left apologizing to its fans on Twitter.
We don’t have any words and we know you don’t want to hear them.
We understand your anger, your frustration, your sadness. Everything you’re feeling – we get it.
This isn’t the ending we imagined, and certainly not the one we wanted. Thank you for being there the entire way.
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) April 17, 2019
Their fans and players have to be shell-shocked by what transpired. They probably can’t even give a response to the Blue Jackets trolling them. All they can do is regroup and try to pull a Virginia next year.
The Columbus Blue Jackets pulled off the unthinkable, sweeping the 62-win Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and then they gloated about it.
After taking a 3-0 lead in the series, Columbus came out looking to end things on Tuesday night. They got out to an early 2-0 lead and ended up winning 7-3 to break out the brooms. Those running the team’s Twitter account were sure to let everyone know it too by sending this tweet:
just a little spring cleaning pic.twitter.com/I5nrQLyDxT
— x-Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) April 17, 2019
That’s savage. But when you sweep the President’s Trophy winner, you have a right to do it.
Tampa Bay going down proves the curse of a record regular season is real.
As for Columbus, they insist they are not done yet. Next up they take on the winner of the Bruins-Maple Leafs series.