Capitals forward Tom Wilson is throwing his body around during Game Five. Through two periods of play, Wilson has four hits and all of them were teeth-rattlers.
Tom Wilson required some, um, adjustments on the bench after taking this hit from behind by Penguins defenseman Ian Cole.
The Washington Capitals were playing too good not to get back into this one. Down 2-0 to the Penguins after two early goals by Sidney Crosby, the Caps dominated play.
It paid off in a tremendous sequence that we’d like to relive with you right now.
Early in Game Five, Leafs forward Nazem Kadri clipped Alex Ovechkin in the leg, sending the Ovechkin tumbling to the ice. For a moment fans worried if Ovechkin’s season were over, but the future Hall of Famer returned for the start of the next period, unfazed.
Ovechkin landed a big hit on Jake Gardiner. Later he jabbed Kadri, as if to say, you made a big mistake for messing with me. In Game Six, Ovechkin’s bullying of Kadri concluded as he suplexed and flipped the center late in the second period.
Late in the first period, we all feared the worse as we watched Alex Ovechkin get helped to the locker room. Ovechkin could not put any pressure on his left leg. The knee-on-knee hit by Nazem Kadri looked devastating.
Instead, because Ovi is half man/half Soviet tank parts, the Russian machine led the Capitals out onto the ice for the second period. He took the opening faceoff and then he hockey-murdered Jake Gardiner again.
The Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs have been playing exciting run-and-gun hockey in their first round matchup, trading tough hits along the way. On Saturday night, fun hockey turned into something we never want to see.
In the middle of the second period, Toronto defenseman Roman Polak entered the offensive zone with puck. Unfortunately for him, Brooks Orpik was there waiting for him, dishing out a powerful, clean bodycheck after Polak crossed the blueline.
Warning: this is tough to watch.
Wednesday night against the Rangers, the Capitals doled out several big hits. Dmitry Orlov snuffed out a breakaway attempt by destroying Brendan Smith and Tom Wilson enveloped Steven Kampfer into the boards after a dump in.
There was one other hit I need to talk about: Justin Williams’ butt check.
Wednesday night on national television, Orlov broke up a Rangers breakaway in the most Orly way possible.
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