On December 29, I was at Verizon Center for the Washington Capitals’ 2-1 shootout loss against the New Jersey Devils. While neither the game or its result were what Caps fans wanted, those in Verizon Center were treated to a bit of a pick-me-up late in the third period.
Amidst the tension over the tie game and the end of regulation nearing, Baby by a 15-year-old Justin Bieber was suddenly booming through the loud speakers. It was already a bit of an odd choice for a hockey game, especially considering the song came out nearly seven years ago. But then I noticed that the song had been requested by Tom Wilson, Washington’s resident enforcer, and everything made sense.
In the spirit of RMNB’s unwavering commitment to hard-hitting journalism, here’s another update to Tom Wilson and TJ Oshie’s bizarre pregame butt-slashing routine.
Tuesday night at Verizon Center, Wilson decided to keep the ritual short, whacking Oshie’s gluteus maximus once. It paid off big time.
Tuesday night at Verizon Center, former Capitals defenseman Connor Carrick will be playing the second game in his former barn since being traded. While Carrick struggled at times during his stint in Washingon, he’s turning into a very dependable player for Toronto.
In 32 games this season, Carrick has scored only one goal and registered four points. But his possession tells a different story. The five-foot, eleven-inch defenseman has pushed play, ranking second on the team with a 53.99% score and venue adjusted Corsi. The only player he trails is Jake Gardiner.
After the team’s morning skate, Carrick spoke about his familiarity in Washington, as well as his longtime friendship with “big boy” Tom Wilson.
Early in the first period, Tom Wilson knocked John Moore out of the game while trying to forecheck in the offensive zone. As Moore fetched the puck and sent a backhanded pass to a teammate, Wilson hit the Devils defender in the shoulder and middle of the back, sending Moore’s head careening into the boards. Moore would be stretchered off the ice and taken to a local hospital. Wilson was not whistled for a penalty on the play.
After the game, Wilson spoke about the hit and seemed shaken by it.
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