The Flyers and Capitals hate each other. So of course there were some big hits during rivalry night.
Take for instance this crushing hit involving Tom Wilson during the second period. Two Flyers players, Taylor Leier and Brandon Manning, tried to vaporize Willy Baby along the boards at the same moment.
Except they crumpled to the ice instead.
Tom Wilson has two lonely points on the season, but I’m going to blow your mind right now with some chewy stat goodness about Mr. Perfect.
Coming into tonight’s game, Wilson ranked tenth in the NHL in drawing penalties, irritating his opponents into taking 12 minors this season. Willy Baby drew number 13 in the first period after a big hit.
Tom Wilson had one of those weird Tom Wilson nights where it’s hard to really know what type of player he is or will grow to be.
Midway through the second period, the big Canadian forward parlayed some good board work into a Daniel Winnik goal, giving the Caps a 3-0 lead.
But then! Two unanswered Bruins goals later, Wilson lost the lead for the Capitals after pasting Anton Blidh into the stanchion with an unnecessary, late hit.
Dmitry Orlov delivered what will likely be the biggest check of the season on Matt Duchene in the first period. As Duchene cut to the middle of the ice, Orlov stepped up and knocked the Avs forward head over heels. CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Craig Laughlin called the crunching bodyblow the “best hit I have seen in the booth in 25 years.
A photo sequence of the bodycheck just hit NHL.com and you have to see this.
Thursday night in Pittsburgh, Capitals forward Justin Williams face-tackled Evgeni Malkin to the ice after the Russian superstar whacked goaltender Braden Holtby.
“It was like a different sport,” Malkin said of the hit, comparing Williams’ takedown to a wrestling or MMA move. “I’m OK. It was nothing bad.”
Well judging from this (very unreal) play-by-play I just unearthed by former WWE announcer Jim Ross, Williams’ takedown had malice and the resulting melee was one hell of a slobberknocker. Think of Evgeni’s family, Justin.
The Capitals opened their preseason tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Only a handful of Caps regulars played, leading Tom Wilson to be one of the team’s three alternate captains for the game. In the first period, Wilson nearly checked a Carolina Hurricane player into outer space.
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