Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie was the hero of Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins after he completed a hat trick with an overtime goal for the 4-3 win. “Osh, right from the get-go, had good jump in his game,” said coach Barry Trotz. Perhaps he took some inspiration from another Oshie and her performance against the Penguins earlier in the day. T.J. Oshie said a neighbor left a Pittsburgh poster on the stoop of their house. So his wife, Lauren Cosgrove, and 2-year-old daughter Lyla, decided to make a statement with it … by having the young girl punt it Now that’s inspiration. Although Oshie admitted that he doesn’t even know how the stars aligned for him in Game 1. “Pucks just went in. They usually don’t,” he said. Oshie’s goal at 9:33 of overtime was his third of the game and a controversial one that needed video review to be confirmed, as the puck appeared to just inch over the goal line past Penguins goalie Matt Murray. “I originally thought I saw the puck go all the way across the goal line. Just a little sliver there,” said Oshie. “I put my hands up, looked at the ref and he marked it as a goal. Said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan: “I didn’t see all the angles, but obviously they saw one that they felt it went in.” The OT goal is fourth in seven playoff games this season – not too shabby when he only had five in his previous 30 playoff games, all with the Blues. “Just like any player that comes into a playoff situation, some guys have instant success, some guys struggle with it for a while,” said Capitals coach Barry Trotz. “He find ways to keep pucks alive, keep plays alive.” And in Game 1, he found a way to win it. “This is what the playoffs are all about,” Oshie said of the thriller. “They’re a good team. They’re hard to play against.” -- Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at email@example.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK , is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY
No. 1 Star: T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals The Capitals forward tallied his first career playoff hat trick as Washington took Game 1 over the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3. After tying the game in the second period and giving the Capitals the lead early in the third, Oshie turned a neutral zone turnover into the overtime winner. No. 2 Star: Nick Bonino, Pittsburgh Penguins Bonino helped the Penguins stay in the game by recording two points — a goal and an assist — that evened the score both times with the Capitals. Down 1-0 midway through the second period Bonino set up Ben Lovejoy’s first of the postseason after a nice dangle through the Washington defense. His goal came with Pittsburgh trailing 3-2 with 10:18 left in the third period. No. 3 Star: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals The Penguins outshot the Capitals 45-35 and 36-29 at even strength. Holtby would stop 42 shots overall on the night, which included 27 combined in the second and third periods. Game 1 was only the third game all season Holtby was forced to make 40-plus stops. Honorable Mention : Andre Burakovsky was one of three players in the game to record their first goal of the postseason … Brooks Orpik played 25:58 after missing Washington's final three games of Round 1 ... Jay Beagle was a hockey stick magnet: Did You Know? Washington is now 8-1 all-time in Game 1s against the Penguins. (AP) Dishonorable Mention : Both power plays combined to go 0-for-6 … Chris Kunitz left the game early in overtime and didn't return after taking a puck to the ear while sitting on the Penguins bench ... Will Tom Wilson face any discipline for his knee-on-knee hit on Conor Sheary? MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY :
T.J. Oshie completed his hat trick to help give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory in Game 1 of their divisional semifinal against the Pittsburgh Penguins. With the score tied 3-3 in overtime, Oshie, who tied the game in the second period and gave the Capitals the lead early in the third, took advantage of a turnover in the neutral zone and drove into the Penguins' zone. Skating around Brian Dumoulin, he wrapped around the Pittsburgh net and stuffed the puck under the pad of goaltender Matt Murray. As hats rained down to the Verizon Center ice, officials reviewed the goal to ensure the puck had completely crossed the line. It was very, very close.