Entering Saturday’s game in Vancouver, Barry Trotz made a big change to the forward lines, bringing Tom Wilson into the top six. That move drew criticism from soft-handed, overeducated elites from websites such as R.M.N.B. dot com, but it worked.
Wilson scored in the first period after a dandy pass from linemate Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Opinions vary widely on Tom Wilson. Many fans around the league think he’s a dirty player while Caps fans forever debate whether he’s a bust or not. To all of this I have the following to say: who cares?
Today, our purpose here is not to make sweeping judgements for or against the Caps fourth line forward. We are also not going to compare Wilson to other first round picks and assess the judgement of selecting him in the first round.
Today, we are here to recognize Tom Wilson for being one of the Caps most trusted and effective penalty killers.
Sunday night, Capitals players held their annual Halloween Party at the Mari Vanna restaurant in Washington DC. The costumes were fantastic.
Superstar Alex Ovechkin slicked back his hair and put on a prisoner costume. His wife Nastya, who I’m guessing was his captor, dressed up as a police officer, potentially giving us an inside look into who truly wears the pants in that relationship. Meanwhile #CapsNeighbors Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky dressed up as stepbrothers and TJ Oshie and his wife Lauren were Mr. and Mrs Smith… with a twist.
Check out all the costumes below.
The brobeans (minus one — *sob*) are at it again.
In the Capitals’ monthly playbook, Breakaway, Andre Burakovsky answered 10 random questions about sports, teammates, and cars, and the answers are nothing short of entertaining. In no particular order, let’s first take a look at some of these responses.
Michael Latta may no longer be with the Washington Capitals, but Tom Wilson is continuing some of the duo’s strange traditions from last season.
Last year, you’ll recall that Wilson and Latta hit TJ Oshie in the buttocks with their sticks during warm-ups. The routine began towards the end of the season.
Well, you guys, video has emerged from Saturday’s Caps game of Wilson hitting Oshie in the rear again. Except this time, Wilson is much more gentle.
Saturday night, Alex Ovechkin made his way to Echostage shortly after the Capitals defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 at Verizon Center. Joined at the club by his wife Nastya Ovechkina and Caps forward Tom Wilson, the Russian machine actually went out on stage and dropped the beat for Dzeko and Torres in front of a capacity crowd. The Canadian DJ’s wore Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson jerseys during their set.
According to Twitter user @JhaviNation who was at the show, Ovechkin “came out for one song and actually put on headphones. Then he stayed on the stage.”
Nastya captured the moment when Ovi dropped the beat on Instagram.
The Washington Capitals hosted their 2016-17 regular season home opener in style Saturday with a special red carpet event. As cars provided by Lexus dropped players off on F Street, diehard Caps fans lined the entrance, hoping for a picture or an autograph with their favorite athlete.
The event started at 3:30 and was hosted by PA Announcer Wes Johnson, who served as the master of ceremonies. Johnson introduced players as they arrived while preselected fans walked the players down the red carpet. Many Caps, including Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson, Nate Schmidt, and Andre Burakovsky, posed for selfies with fans before going inside Verizon Center.
That afternoon, RMNB had two photographers at the event, myself and the talented Katie Snyder (who you can follow on Instagram and Facebook). Snyder is one of the Redskins’ home-game photographers and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Snyder also does a lot of freelance work, including family-based portraits.
In a world where Alex Ovechkin doesn’t score but Daniel Winnik flirts with the hat trick, anything is possible. And for a fleeting moment in the third period, the realm of possibility included a beautiful skill goal set up by Jay Beagle and finished by Tom Wilson.
But the moment passed, as if the fates themselves decreed, “Uh, hell no. I mean, it’s Beagle and Wilson. Get real.” So instead of a highlight-reel goal to be played on loop for the next week, Tom Wilson crashed into the net like a bag of laundry shot out of a cannon.
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