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Photo: Doug Pensinger

Hockey is a game of inches and bad bounces. Sometimes it’s the littlest and strangest things that lead to goals. In the third period on Thursday, Tom Wilson indirectly helped make Alex Ovechkin‘s highlight-reel game-winning goal happen, and dude wasn’t even on the ice.

With 6:18 left in the game, Wilson delivered what I can only call a jockstrap-jostling hit (I just made that up) to Dennis Everberg in the offensive zone. A few seconds later, the game clock was stopped when the puck was played with a high stick.

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Tom Wilson is Your Honest Abe Player of the Game

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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson had a bunch of big hits on Tuesday night, six to be exact, but he didn’t exactly have a good game. The Caps were outshot 13 to 6 while Wilson was on the ice during 5v5, the worst shot-attempt differential on the team, though to be fair he started more than 80 percent of his non-neutral shifts in the defensive zone.

But the team got a very big win, and Tom was deservedly happy about it.

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Like a throaty rock vocalist, Tom Wilson‘s been going balls-to-the-walls lately. The human bowling ball knocked over two guys on the same hit on Saturday. Tuesday against the Coyotes, Wilson established his physical game early, distributing two big hits on the same shift. The Big Stamos is feeling it.

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Oh, Hey, It’s Tom Wilson Shirtless

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I’m sure half our readers could not care less about this photo. Like no cares at all.

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The Washington Capitals are out in Phoenix ahead of their game with the Coyotes on Tuesday. And our mustachioed heroes have made the most of their off day. Alex Ovechkin put on his favorite Vladimir Putin t-shirt and took a selfie with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov. I’m pretty sure that shirt is honoring Putin and making him look like a action movie star, which, uh, yeah.

Other Caps players actually made it out of the hotel rooms.

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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has done it again. Remember last year, when Wilson knocked over three Columbus Blue Jackets players like they were bowling balls? Tonight, he laid out Alex Steen and his own teammate, Matt Niskanen, with a single hit.

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Wilson grimaces.

During the second period, first-line winger Tom Wilson pulled up lame while back-checking Carolina’s John Michael-Liles. Wilson immediately left the ice and went down the tunnel to the locker room. The 20-year-old Caps was playing in the second game of a back-to-back.

The Caps say it’s a lower body injury and Wilson is questionable to return.

The injury occurred in the neutral zone while Wilson was hustling, looking to force a turnover.

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Photo: Bill Smith

Late in the first period on Friday night, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin checked Niklas Hjalmarsson in open ice. I didn’t think the hit was worth even minor penalty, but the referees saw something I didn’t. They declared it an illegal check to the head.

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Jason Chimera Terrorizes Tom Wilson Interview (GIFs)

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Before the Caps flew out to Chicago on Thursday, John Walton interviewed new first-line forward Tom Wilson. I’d tell you what Wilson said, but I was too busy cracking up at Jason Chimera.

The Caps are on a soul-crushing five-game losing streak, but Chimera still knows how to have fun.

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It’s Thursday, so you know what that means: a million Throwback Thursday photos! Peter Wilson, Tom Wilson‘s older brother, posted the above photo on Twitter. As you can see, it’s noteworthy for its adorableness. Young Peter is cheering on Tiny Tom after a hockey game, and Tiny Tom appears to have won an even tinier trophy.

It’s sweet, because Peter’s still just as supportive of his brother 15 years or so later.

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