Tom Wilson has been whistled for three penalties tonight. His latest came after freight-training Christian Ehrhoff. The Pens defenseman, returning for the first time since suffering a concussion against the Caps on January 28, got floored twice by Wilson.
Even though he’s only two seasons into his NHL career, Tom Wilson has had a bunch of impressive highlight reel hits. Saturday against the Islanders, he authored another one. This time with his pal Jason Chimera.
As Travis Hamonic gathered in a puck behind the Isles net, Wilson and Chimera caught him with, what Craig Laughlin referred to as, a “double whammy.”
Almost every Caps-Pens game during the Ovi and Sid era has been intense, but tonight it went to a whole ‘nother level. And that level was angry. Alex Ovechkin‘s slash to the ankles of Kris Letang sent the Penguins defenseman crashing into the boards. Everyone wearing a bumblebee costume on the ice wanted a piece of the Russian machine after that. Problem is– like we’ve said a million times– Ovi is made of some kind of weird Russian steel that does not break.
Alex Ovechkin and Drew Doughty, two of the best players in the NHL, are matched up on every other shift when the Caps and Kings play. It usually results in a lot of huge hits and some hockey violence. Tonight has been no exception.
Ovechkin leveled Doughty.
For anyone who has ever called Mike Green “soft,” the apology line forms to the left.
Late in the third period, after the Caps had a 4-0 lead, Green put an exclamation point on the Caps’ victory over the defending Cup champions by checking Kyle Clifford into the Caps bench.
Look at this and marvel.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin came out in the first period literally on fire. He delivered three big hits, leading all Capitals skaters. He accidentally hurt Kevin Shattenkirk (lower-body injury, will not return) because he’s made of old USSR Titanium. He also scored his 30th goal of the season, which meant FREE ROY ROGERS FOR EVERYBODY.
In what will end up being my favorite “Whoops, my bad” moment from today’s game, Troy Brouwer checked official Darren Gibbs into the Caps bench.
Matt Niskanen, the Caps $40.25-million man, just unleashed one of the biggest hits of his career against the Flyers. As Scott Laughton attempted to curl and leave a drop pass for Wayne Simmonds, Niskanen read the play and laid him out.
Look at this. Shoulder to chest. 100-percent legal. Scott Stevens-esque.
Alex Ovechkin delivers a bunch of hits on a nightly basis. He ranks in the NHL’s top five– along with Caps defenseman Brooks Orpik.
In the first period against the Flyers, Ovechkin lowered the boom on Nick Schultz. No big. We’ve seen him check a million guys before.
This time though, Ovi hit a defenseman so hard that the plastic camera covering affixed to the boards fell off.
Six-foot, four-inch behemoth Tom Wilson has racked up some huge hits in his two-year career. but it’s been those body checks that knock over multiple guys at once that I’ve loved the most. Remember his triple-check of the Columbus Blue Jackets or this shellacking of a Blues player and Matt Niskanen in St. Louis?
On Saturday, Wilson checked one of his own teammates again, this time Nicklas Backstrom, while trying to destroy Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith.