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Washington Capitals rookie forward Tom Wilson nearly scored his second career goal in the first period of Friday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. That’s progress, sure, but since Willy Baby couldn’t get his name on the scoresheet, he had to find another way to be remembered: his repeated facepunching of Carter Ashton.

This 32-second skirmish, the ninth of Wilson’s season, left both combatants hurting from blows to the body and head. Wilson cut the knuckles on his left hand after hitting Ashton’s helmet.

Warning: There will be blood.

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Tom Wilson: The Face of Intensity (Photos)

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Washington Capitals rookie forward Tom Wilson doesn’t play a whole lot. He’s buried on the fourth line with Aaron Volpatti and Jay Beagle, despite possession stats that suggest he’s ready for moar. But that limited ice time hasn’t made Wilson an afterthought here at RMNB. Au contraire.

He had that triple check against Columbus; this big hit and that big hit and also this big hit, he made those sketch cards, he scored his first NHL point while sliding on his bootay, and oh yeah, he beat the tar out of me at NHL14.

My favorite Tom Wilson story  has to be his fight with Brayden Schenn. Geoff Burke’s pics of Willy Baby were terrific and made him look like the warrior he is.

Today is the opposite of that. Today I present Kevin Hoffman’s photos of Wilson playing the Buffalo Sabres last week.

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Late in the second period, Washington Capitals rookie forward Tom Wilson delivered another crushing hit. This time it was to Buffalo Sabres forward Ville Leino. It was a beauty.

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Tom Wilson’s Monster Hit On Dominic Moore (GIF)

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Washington Capitals rookie Tom Wilson is 6’4” and 215 pounds. Whenever he’s on the ice, you need to know where the heck he — otherwise this, this, or this will happen.

New York Rangers center Dominic Moore did not locate Willy Baby at center ice. He paid the price.

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Caps Auction Off Ugly Christmas Sweaters (Photos)

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The sweaters on sale. (All photos by Chris Gordon)

A couple weeks ago, the Washington Capitals released a magisterial Christmas video in which their players wore ridiculous outfits while pretending to provide musical accompaniment to Jingle Bells. Tonight, the team auctioned off the signed ugly sweaters worn Nicklas Backstrom, John Erskine, Mike Green, Brooks Laich, Alex Ovechkin, Aaron Volpatti, Joel Ward, and Tom Wilson in the video, with the profits benefiting Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. Troy Brouwer owns the onesie he wore in the video, and according to Caps Community Relations, he refused to part with it. Instead, a signed stocking was offered instead. I imagine he’ll be wearing the onesie on Christmas day.

In the third period, it was announced by Caps PR that bidding raised $5,225 for charity. Way to go, guys.

Here are some photos of the #fashion on sale:

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Playing the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, Washington Capitals rookie forward Tom Wilson had another one of those shifts where literally everything that could go wrong, does go wrong. He didn’t lose a skate blade this time, but his face was like a magnet for punishment.

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On Tuesday night, Washington Capitals rookie forward Tom Wilson delivered a crushing hit on Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn. Wilson was given a five-minute major for charging, a five-minute major for fighting, and a game misconduct. Schenn needed help leaving the ice and did not return to the game.

George McPhee and Adam Oates have made several protestations that it was a clean hit, and the Department of Player Safety has agreed. Tom Wilson will face no supplemental discipline.

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Crowdsourcing an Opinion on the Tom Wilson Hit

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Everyone’s got an opinion about Tom Wilson‘s hit on Brayden Schenn. While some might quote that old aphorism about how everyone has an opinion and a certain private part, I think it’s good to understand the variety of perspectives out there. By hearing each other out, we can learn and synthesize and think critically and become more tolerant of people with whom we don’t agree.

And then, maybe, we can all stop sending mean tweets to @russianmachine.

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Just like Washington’s last visit to Philly, Tuesday’s Caps-Flyers game was ugly. While the matchup on November 1st took a turn for the worst after some Flyers shenanigans, this time it was all on the Caps — specifically Tom Wilson and his charge on Brayden Schenn in the second period. Wilson got a five-minute major and a game misconduct for his troubles. While I think the hit was unnecessary, Wilson never left his feet. If the hit occurred at open ice, it likely would have gone uncalled. Nevertheless, it didn’t. Wilson will be receiving a call from Brendan Shanahan and will probably be sent to the press box for a few games.

There’s a lot of condemnation for Wilson going around, but Adam Oates is having none of it. He’s sticking up for his player.

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Love ugly Christmas sweaters and cheesy music videos? This video will make you happy. The Washington Capitals have recorded a music video for Jingle Bells to wish you guys happy holidays. It features Caps captain Alex Ovechkin on the bells, Brooks Laich on the drums, Joel Ward on an inflatable pink saxophone, Troy Brouwer on bass, Aaron Volpatti on the guitar, Nicklas Backstrom on the tambourine, John Erskine on a pre-k piano, Tom Wilson on the ukulele, and– of course– Mike Green rocking the cowbell.

You have to see this.

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