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NHL Report: Former UND linemates rank 3-4 in NHL in goals; Boeser, Stecher head back to Tampa

It didn’t happen until the final two minutes of Wednesday night’s Stanley Cup Final rematch.

But T.J. Oshie did score -- again.

Oshie, who starred at Warroad High School and UND, has scored in all three games this season for the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.

His latest goal against the Vegas Golden Knights came with just 1:55 remaining in the third period, when he fired a puck from center ice into an empty net. The Capitals won the game 5-2.

That means through one week in the NHL season, former UND linemates Jonathan Toews and Oshie have both scored in every game they’ve played. They rank 3-4 in the NHL in goal-scoring right now.

Toews has scored five goals in three games. Oshie has four goals in three games.

The only two players ahead of them are Toronto Maple Leaf teammates Auston Matthews (seven) and John Tavares (six).

The goal-scoring streaks for Toews and Oshie will be on the line again tonight.

Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Minnesota Wild in Xcel Energy Center at 7 p.m.

Oshie and the Capitals play at the New Jersey Devils at 6 p.m.

BOESER, STECHER BACK TO TAMPA TONIGHT

Amalie Arena in Tampa has been good to Brock Boeser.

In 2016, he won an NCAA national championship in that building. He scored a goal and tallied four points in the national title game, a 5-1 win over Quinnipiac.

His first trip back to Amalie Arena after the national title game was for NHL All-Star weekend.

Boeser just happened to be assigned the exact same locker he used during the 2016 Frozen Four. He won his NHL Skills Competition -- shooting accuracy -- on the first day of the event. Then, he was named MVP of the All-Star Game the following day.

On his next trip, a couple of weeks later, Boeser scored a goal for the Vancouver Canucks.

Tonight, Boeser and fellow UND national champion teammate Troy Stecher will be back in that same building for a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

A trip to Amalie Arena may be timely for Boeser, who was held without a goal in Vancouver’s first three games of the season.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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