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.
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.
#Caps Tom Wilson sustained a lower body injury in the second period and his return to tonight's game is questionable.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) November 9, 2014
The injury occurred in the neutral zone while Wilson was hustling, looking to force a turnover.
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.
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.
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.
Photo: Nick Wass
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has another record. With a primary assist on Nicklas Backstrom’s first period goal, the 29-year-old Ovechkin became the Caps’ all-time points leader (826).
Against the Coyotes on Sunday, Ovechkin tied Peter Bondra‘s mark of 825 after scoring a goal and three assists. Bonzai was in attendance in Ted Leonsis’s box Wednesday as The Great Eight broke his record in 270 fewer games.
“Congratulations to Alex Ovechkin on the outstanding achievement of becoming the leading scorer in Washington Capitals history,” said Wayne Gretzky through a Caps press release. “He’s a tremendous talent with many great years and achievements ahead of him.”
“You’re still the man, Bonzai,” Craig Laughlin said he texted Bondra during the second period.
Late in the second period, Tom Wilson and Brandon McMillan got into a heated shoving match. This wasn’t an ordinary scrum after the whistle. Wilson laughed at McMillan, then they exchanged facewashes until Wilson swung him around like a rag doll. They even put their foreheads together like they were The Rock and Triple HHH about to exchange chair shots.
This is some next-level antagonism.
Seven minutes into the first period, Washington Capitals forward Tom “Big Stamos” Wilson began skating with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin on the first line. It took just one shift with the superstars for Wilson to score his first goal of the season, responding to an Arizona Coyotes power play tally 49 seconds earlier.
Michael Latta fights current teammate Kris Newbury in a game last year.
According to Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post, Eric Fehr will return to the lineup this weekend and the healthy scratch will be one of four players currently practicing on the fourth line. They are: Jay Beagle, Michael Latta, Liam O’Brien, and Tom Wilson
Game-day decision whether Beagle, O'Brien, Latta or Wilson gets scratched from the 4th line, Trotz said. Fehr's back beside 25/92.
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) October 31, 2014
Scratching Michael Latta would be a mistake and here’s why.
Photo: Amanda Bowen
This morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Barry Trotz took a hammer to the lines that have been so successful in the early part of the season. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have been split up. The team’s second line, consisting of Marcus Johansson, Andre Burakovsky, and Troy Brouwer, has been blown to smithereens as well.
The Capitals also made a roster move this morning, recalling Tom Wilson from AHL Hershey and demoting Chris Brown. Brooks Laich, who suffered what appeared to be a shoulder injury last week, did not skate with the team and will not play Wednesday. Trotz believes Laich may practice later in the week. Come on, baked goods, I thought you had magical healing powers!