With the Colorado Avalanche fighting for the final spot in the West and the Washington Capitals trying to get Braden Holtby his 47th win of the season, Friday’s late season game took on a furious pace, full of end-to-end action. The energetic play took a scary turn about five minutes into the second period when Tom Wilson unleashed an explosive hit on Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov.
Saturday night in Boston, Dmitry Orlov welcomed recent call-up Noel Acciari to the NHL. Late in the third period, the 24-year-old Bruins forward tried to dump the puck into the Capitals zone and skate by Orlov. Orly had other plans however, stepping up and leveling Acciari.
The poor linesman, who was perched on top of the dasher boards, got deposited into the Caps bench and a player’s lap. Though I’m guessing there are worse things.
Caps forward Tom Wilson, the man behind a million big hits, just leveled another player in the second period of Caps-Pens. The unlucky recipient of Tom’s beefaroni bodycheck was Pens defenseman Derrick Pouliot.
Wilson hit Pouliot so hard, Pouliot’s hair wanted to leave its owner’s helmet.
Three-on-three overtime was looking grim for the Capitals. Hemmed in the defensive zone for long while, the Caps were looking gassed. A Devils goal seemed inevitable.
And then Alex Ovechkin, seemingly annoyed he was still stuck on the ice, decided to level Jacob Josefson with an open-ice hit. It was about as powerful as the bodycheck Ovechkin leveled Jaromir Jagr with in the Olympics.
If there was one player who looked to be fully refreshed after the All-Star Break, it’d be TJ Oshie. Oshie spent the weekend in Turks and Caicos, then returned to DC in time to dangle around a Panthers defenseman and nearly scored early in the first period.
Later, despite his tiny size, Oshie destroyed Aleksander Barkov while Barkov tried to make a power move to the net.
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