Saturday night, Wilson showed off another part of his game to the Islanders: his physicality. Ten minutes into the first period, the 6’4” Wilson leveled the 6’2”, 215-pound Colin McDonald, smearing him into the boards.
We are less than a week away from that furry thing being shaved off. (Photo credit: Patrick McDermott)
In the first period, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was his normal, rambunctious self against the Ottawa Senators. Like here’s a perfect example. Six minutes into the first frame, Ovi looked to deliver the boom to defenseman Erik Karlsson in front of the Sens’ net. Every Caps fan in attendance and every Caps fan watching at home could see this massive collision developing.
Unfortunately for Ovi, Karlsson is no mere mortal. An unbelievable skater, Karlsson won the Norris trophy in 2012 as the league’s best defenseman and is very mobile on the ice.
Fedor and I talked about it a few days later, and my main man from Moscow shot me this link to Yahoo. “Did you see this Alex Ovechkin hit? CSN cut away as it happened, but the replays from the Avs feed are crazy.”
I was skeptical. “C’mon, Fedor,” I replied. “It couldn’t have been that crazy. We would have heard about it.”
Then I watched the video and HOLY. WOW.
As Avs defenseman Jan Hejda reversed behind the net, The Great Eight came at him like a heat-seeking missile. Ovi crushed him into the boards. Hejda’s skate blades lost contact with the ice and he flew into the air. It was a video game hit, a hockey decleater.
The cameraman in the corner caught the whole thing.
A few weeks ago, the RMNB servers almost melted down when Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilsonchecked three Columbus Blue Jackets players at the same time. Wilson, who is 6’4” and eats two large bison per day, is a behemoth on the ice with unlimited power. With that size, why not push the limits of what the body check can accomplish?
And on Monday, nice guy Karl Alzner went into his own berzerker rage. Alzner, whose success as a defenseman comes from smart stick position and careful spacing, decided that this was the night to check two players at once. Alzner put 398 pounds of Vancouver Canuck into the boards: 6’3” Jeremy Welsh and 6’1” Alexandre Burrows. Almost makes it look easy.
The Washington Capitals have tried to improve their physical play in recent years, adding more power forward prospects into their system. On Sunday, two of those prospects playing for the Caps’ AHL affiliate in Hershey — Michael Latta and Garrett Mitchell — combined for a big hit on Norfolk Admirals’ forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Max Friberg. The hit was so powerful that it made the glass unhinge and fly into the Giant Center crowd.
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson is a six-foot four-inch behemoth on the ice. There are very few players in the NHL with both his size and speed. That might be why when he went for a loose puck in the second period Saturday night, he accidentally played some hockey bowling with three Columbus Blue Jackets players. That looks dangerous.
There was pushing. There was shoving. There were face washes and head-patting too. Pugilists Karl Alzner and Mike Green were sent to the box along with Alex Ovechkin. Two Oilers’ players, Luke Gazdic and Brown, also served time for roughing.
Holtby did send a message to the Oilers, but found a more subtle way to deliver it. As Taylor Hall went for a deflection goal a few minutes later, the Holtbeast told the former first overall pick to get the hell out of his crease.
When Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin traveled halfway around the world last weekend for the Olympic torch ceremony in Greece, I was worried. Would the jetlag affect the Russian machine? Two games into the season, we have an emphatic answer: hell naw.
In Thursday’s home opener, Ovechkin got a DC Hat Trick: two regulation goals and a shootout tally. Even though it’s not a real hat trick, fans at Verizon Center threw hats because that’s what we do. Ovechkin put 11 shots on goal (17 attempts overall) and dished out five hits. Through two games this season, Ovechkin leads the league in points and goals. I guess he’s doing okay.
During the Washington Capitals preseason opener, Hockey Night In Canada made a big freakin’ deal about Tom Wilson. The 2012 first-round pick is on the bubble for a roster spot, and CBC wanted us to know just how very hard this decision is going to be for Caps management.
Oates compared The Ten Train to this former Flyers great.
In the first period, one of the CBC commentators brought up how when they talked Adam Oates before the game, the Caps head coach said that Wilson reminds him of retired Philadelphia Flyers pivot Eric Lindros.
Sideline reporter Cassie Campbell asked Wilson (without the HNIC towel!!) about the comparison during the second intermission.
“That’s huge,” Wilson said. “I think growing up that was my older brother’s favorite player and obviously [Lindros was] a well-respected guy in the hockey world and a big body. That’s a pretty big compliment.”
Wilson also explained what he thought he needs to do to make the team this season. “I think for me it’s just to play smart,” he explained. “I gotta know my role here. I’m coming in here being a third- or fourth-line guy. Unfortunately [my line] got a couple of minuses out there in the second period, but Beagle, Volpatti, and I are going to look to turn it back the other way in the third.”
In the third period, Wilson atoned, knocking over two Jets during his first shift on the ice. He almost scored on a deflection attempt.
The Caps rookie also knocked 205-pound Zach Redmond over like a bag of feathers.