Playing the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, Troy Brouwer scored a powerplay goal — his third of the year — off a pretty, pretty pass from Nicklas Backstrom. Brouwer got mobbed by his teammates, skated back towards the bench, and… hey wait a second.
Go to the 27-second mark.
Is that what I think it is…
Let’s slow it down a bit.
One of those SOBs on Winnipeg squirted Troy Brouwer with Gatorade after he scored! What a jerk!
But who did it? I need to know.
After watching the video and GIF a few times, I couldn’t find any clues, so I had to go frame by frame.
As Brouwer skates by, one of the Jets players wearing an A can be seen holding the offending Gatorade bottle.
The A of course means that this player is an alternate captain. So I checked the roster report. The Jets had two alternate captains dressed that night.
Olli Jokinen and Dustin Byfuglien.
Now logic dictates that a defensemen is way more likely to sit at the end of the bench, closer to their team’s defensive zone than an offensive player.
But dammit, that’s not enough evidence.
If only there was another clue…
Oh, that’s right. Jokinen was in the box during that Caps powerplay.
Therefore, we have enough evidence to finger one man on the Jets.
Photo credit: Vincent Pugliese
Big Buff, you sir, are a meanie.