Oshie scored a power-play goal in the second period and then an even-strength goal in the third en route to a 3-0 win over Colorado on Tuesday. He fired six shots on net and went plus-1.
After he went scoreless over the first two games -- including failing to put a shot on goal Saturday against the Isles -- the third time turned out to be the charm. Oshie was widely expected to pick up his offensive production upon joining Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin in Washington last year, but actually saw his scoring rate drop a bit, although he did set a new career high in goals. Look for him to pick it up in the assists category this time around, although he still doesn't have one to his credit yet.
A feisty, two-way player, Oshie scored 26 goals and 51 points in his first year with Washington, a total that he's expected to build in his second season with Ovechkin. He also played 5:00 on the power play, indicating that he'll continue to be deployed on the first power-play unit. Oshie is not the most talented player, but as long as he continues to play with elite talent, the opportunities will continue to be there. He's a very useful depth scorer and he isn't afraid to throw his body around or block shots, either, which makes him extra valuable in fantasy leagues that count peripheral stats.
Oshie is about as consistent as they come, and he figures to play a key role again with the
Oshie found the back of the net with one of his two shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.
Oshie and Team USA have one more game left in the group stage, but they're mathematically eliminated from advancing in the tournament. He's once again putting in a solid showing for his country after rising to prominence at the 2014 Olympics due to his shootout prowess. Oshie will be expected to top the 20-goal mark this coming season after scoring a career-high 26 goals in his first year with the Capitals.
The Washington state native's 26 goals were a career high and he was a fixture in the top six and first power-play unit. The 29-year-old will remain a key component in the