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Oleksy in his NHL debut. (Photo credit: Patrick McDermott)

Down 3-0 after the first period, Caps prospect Steve Oleksy– playing in his first NHL game– made a veteran move along the boards. Instead of a more conservative block, Oleksy took a swing at Zdeno Chara‘s clearing attempt– sending the puck towards Boston’s net. That’s where Alex Ovechkin caught it and fed a no-look cross-crease pass to Mike Ribeiro, who sent the puck home. Oleksy’s move caught the Bruins off-guard, making the goal possible.

That goal started the Caps’ comeback, and it was also Oleksy’s first NHL point. His parents, Andy and Sue, attended the game after making an eleven-hour drive from their home in Michigan.

While Oleksy may not have the physicality of Mike Green or Dmitry Orlov, he plays a bold game while limiting his mistakes. Against the Bruins on Tuesday, the Chesterfield, Michigan native had two shots, two hits, and three blocked shots in 10:05 of playing time.

Agreed.

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Olesky’s huge first period hit on Shawn Thornton.

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Oleksy is interviewed by Al Koken during the second intermission.

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Oleksy and Kundratek pose with their milestone pucks. (Photo via Capitals Instagram)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1602128610 Bobby Strickland

    I want to see his hit in the first period.

  • Swedeitis

    Physically of Mike Green? What are you smoking?

  • Swedeitis

    Physicality…damn autocorrect.

  • http://twitter.com/ecindc Emily Casto

    I’m so happy that his parents got to see his first NHL point after they drove 11 hours to watch his first NHL game- so freaking sweet!

  • Jason Rogers

    Can we talk about how Oleksy looks like if you crossed Vladamir Putin and Daniel Craig?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    I’ve actually done that, and I can repeat your results.