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The shame.

Dmitry Orlov was having the game of his life. He scoarlov’d twice against the Philadelphia Flyers. He was playing smart, heads-up hockey.

But in the third period, Dima committed one of the most foolish penalties of his career. After taking a rough but clean hit from Brayden Schenn in the defensive zone, Orlov decided it was time for payback a little bit later.

Orlov lined Schenn up, leaped, and hit Schenn face-first into the boards. Schenn’s head bounced off the glass. Schenn skated gingerly off the ice.

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The Capitals had a hard time getting offensive opportunities early in Thursday’s Caps-Jets game, but a wild scrum in front of Ondrej Pavelec during the first period was a chance to change all that. Somehow, inexplicably, the Jets kept the puck from crossing the goal line. Dustin Byfuglien, the Jets’ 6’5″, 265-pound defenseman-turned-forward (or vice versa… I’m confused), finally broke out and got the puck in neutral while facing down rookie blueliner Patrick Wey, whom Big Buff hit rather rudely just ten seconds earlier.

Wey got his revenge.

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You can usually find Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom on the ice quietly dealing out apples like he’s at a farmer’s market. But on Friday night after Nicky delivered a golden delicious pass to Jason Chimera which led to a power play goal, he decided to expand his skill set and lower the boom on fellow Swede and future Olympic teammate Niklas Kronwall. Awkward.

Look at this hit.

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Photo credit: Gary Wiepert

Late in the second period, Washington Capitals rookie forward Tom Wilson delivered another crushing hit. This time it was to Buffalo Sabres forward Ville Leino. It was a beauty.

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Tom Wilson’s Monster Hit On Dominic Moore (GIF)

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Washington Capitals rookie Tom Wilson is 6’4” and 215 pounds. Whenever he’s on the ice, you need to know where the heck he — otherwise this, this, or this will happen.

New York Rangers center Dominic Moore did not locate Willy Baby at center ice. He paid the price.

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During the (really fun) first period of Monday’s Caps-Ducks game, Jason Chimera hit Corey Perry so hard he changed teams.

Near the end of the first twenty minutes, Chimera caught Perry with the puck along the Capitals bench, shoving the 6’3″, 212-pound winger over the wall. Perry took an inverted spot on top of Martin Erat and next to Tom Wilson.

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Playing the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, Washington Capitals rookie forward Tom Wilson had another one of those shifts where literally everything that could go wrong, does go wrong. He didn’t lose a skate blade this time, but his face was like a magnet for punishment.

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This photo is amaaaazing. (Photo credit: Geoff Burke)

Last time the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers played, the teams combined for 164 penalty minutes, a line brawl, a goalie fight, an angry John Carlson, and a partridge in a pear tree. While both teams said the right things leading up to today’s game, Caps captain Alex Ovechkin couldn’t help but send a message to the Flyers early in the game’s first minute: don’t mess.

[He probably said, hahahahahaha big hit so sickkkkk)))))) but you get the idea.]

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Tom Wilson’s Big Hit On Colin McDonald (GIF)

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Wilson’s blurry because he’s traveling at a very high rate of speed.

The last time Washington Capitals rookie Tom Wilson played the New York Islanders, the big, bruising forward showed off his soft hands, scoring his first NHL point (from his tush) and his first NHL goal.

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.

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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.

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