As much as T.J. Oshie dislikes facing any Chicago Blackhawk in the heat of battle, it wouldn’t cause him to badmouth an opponent during the traditional post-series handshake line.
The St. Louis Blues right-winger was a guest on Hockey Night in Canada Radio Thursday with host Rob Pizzo and co-host David Amber of Hockey Night in Canada and said things were fine shaking hands after Chicago beat the Blues in six games of a first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.
“Everyone was pretty good about saying, ‘Good job, great series,’” Oshie said. “You see your buddies. I saw Jonathan Toews and said, ‘Congrats, good luck.’
“You just want to keep your composure, but sometimes that doesn’t happen.”
It appears it didn’t happen on Wednesday night following the Montreal Canadiens’ 3-1 Game 7 victory at Boston when Bruins bruiser Milan Lucic is said to have threatened Canadiens forward Dale Weise.
“I’m going to [expletive] kill you next year,” was what Lucic purportedly said to Weise, and video shows the Bruins forward saying something that appears less than friendly.
Oshie, fresh off his sixth NHL season and a career one at that with 60 points, noted it’s different shaking different players’ hands immediately following a series when emotions can run high.
“Some guys, for whatever reason, are sore winners and some guys are sore losers,” he said.
The 27-year-old Oshie told HNIC Radio he’s in favour of keeping the handshake line.
“I think it’s a really cool part of the game. It’s difficult to be on the losing side but it shows a lot of integrity in the game,” said Oshie, who had two goals in five playoff games against the Blackhawks.”
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Rob Pizzo and co-hosts Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey, Craig Simpson, Tim Wharnsby Cassie Campbell-Pascall and David Amber discuss the game of hockey in an entertaining way on Hockey Night in Canada Radio, the flagship of NHL Network radio on SiriusXM. Weekdays from 3-5pm ET on Sirius 207 and XM 211.