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First call: T.J. Oshie doesn't care if Evgeni Malkin gets disciplined over hit to head

| Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, 6:48 a.m.
The Capitals' T.J. Oshie looks on during the second period against the Penguins at Capital One Arena on Nov. 7, 2018 in Washington.
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The Capitals' T.J. Oshie looks on during the second period against the Penguins at Capital One Arena on Nov. 7, 2018 in Washington.

In "First Call" today, T.J. Oshie talks about the hit he received from Evgeni Malkin, two WPIAL stars going in opposite directions and a scare for Jamie Dixon.


Oshie's take

Capitals forward T.J. Oshie took this hit from Evgeni Malkin last night during Washington's 2-1 win over the Penguins.

Malkin got thrown out for it. There's some speculation he may be disciplined. Although, both Keith Jones and Patrick Sharp downplayed that possibility on the NBCSN postgame show.

It was interesting to note that Sharp said that he remembers Oshie throwing that reverse shoulder often as a player. That's something Oshie confirmed at :54 seconds of this clip.

When asked if he thought the hit was dirty, Oshie said, "Not my concern anymore. We got the 'W.' I don't care what happens to him."


Props to the Caps

For as much as Pittsburghers love to hate the Washington Capitals, they were on our side yesterday. And they deserve a "stick tap" for their efforts.

The team's in-stadium 50-50 raffle proceeds were raised on behalf of the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

This was an effort by the team to lock arms with Pittsburgh's #StrongerThanHate initiative. And it was spot on, raising nearly $20,000 for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.


Again?

Sean Lee's injury-marred career continues in Dallas.

The Upper St. Clair graduate will be sidelined for at least a month with a hamstring injury he suffered against Tennessee. He missed three games earlier in the season with an injury to the same hamstring.

The Penn State product has missed 45 out of 136 games since entering the league with the Cowboys in 2010.


Good start

Notre Dame's basketball team plays its second game Thursday night against Chicago State. The Irish won the opener 84-67 over Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday.

We'll see if WPIAL star Robby Carmody has another impressive performance. The guard from Mars had 11 points in 14 minutes during his debut.

He was the first Fighting Irish freshman to start a season opener since 2002.


Close call

Maybe they were picked to win their league?

That was a go-to line for basketball coach Jamie Dixon whenever people would criticize his team's scheduling when he was at Pitt. Invariably, Dixon would respond to that criticism by saying that "Small-College X, Y, and Z" were "picked to win their league in the preseason polls."

I don't know if that was the case for CSU-Bakersfield in the Western Athletic Conference this year. I do know they were 12-18 last year.

I also know they led from about the 12-minute mark in the first half until roughly three minutes remained when playing Dixon's No. 20-ranked TCU team Wednesday night.

TCU trailed by as many as 11 in the contest. But they chipped away and won 66-61.

If I had to guess, Dixon began his postgame comments by talking about how great James Robinson's assist-to-turnover ratio was during the game.

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