On Sunday night, 41-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Academy Award, winning Best Actor for The Revenant. To date, DiCaprio has won over 40 awards and has been nominated six times for an Oscar, but he had never won Best Actor until last night.
During his acceptance speech, DiCaprio thanked his fellow nominees, the cast and crew of The Revenant, and Martin Scorcese. He also talked about climate change. Two crucial people he forgot to thank: Caps roomies Tom Wilson and Michael Latta.
Tom Wilson has taken a ton of minor penalties lately. Wednesday night, head coach Barry Trotz benched Wilson after taking two — one for boarding and one for hooking — in the first period.
Friday after the Caps’ morning skate, Trotz talked about it. According to NHL.com’s Katie Brown, Trotz’s said he’s been working with Wilson on prioritizing going for the puck over making a hit.
“He’s been much better this year in a lot of areas and his game has grown,” Trotz said, “so that’s just something that he has to grow.” Trotz added that “the game is changing a little bit and sometimes he makes a clean hit and he’s getting a penalty because they’re taking a little hitting out of the game now.”
On Sunday, Tom Wilson signed autographs The Greene Turtle in Prince Frederick, Maryland. For $25 you could get an item signed by Willy and also your photo taken with the aggressively handsome power forward. 95 percent of the photos were normal. The remaining 5 percent were just. so. good.
For example, the above fan, who asked Wilson to dab.
Everybody knows Tom Wilson is always looking for a big hit. That’s why, when Wilson zeroed in on Habs forward Tomas Fleischmann for a big bodycheck in the first period, Flash had to protect himself somehow
Fleischmann chose to spear Tom Wilson. You know where.
Mike Richardsscored his first goal as a Washington Capital on Monday night, but the goal did not come without drama. Goalie Louis Domingue believed he had covered Tom Wilson’s initial shot and waited for a whistle. Instead, the puck was jammed free by Wilson, and Richards potted the rebound. The Coyotes would challenge the ruling on the ice.
While Richards celebrated, Oliver Ekman-Larsson looked for some frontier justice by trying to start a scrum with Wilson along the corner. Wilson had a different idea, putting a new twist on the classic celebratory hockey hug by embracing his foe.
Unfairly or not, Tom Wilson has a reputation around the league. Word on the street is that Wilson is on the NHL Player Safety watchlist. The play I’m about to document is one of those times Tom crosses the line.
During the second period of the Caps-Kings game, Wilson shoved defenseman Luke Schenn (brother of Wilson’s personal punching-bag Brayden) into goaltender Jonathan Quick. It was a dangerous play. Quick toppled to the ice.
Saturday, the Capitals almost completed an improbable comeback against the second-best team in the league, the Dallas Stars. To put it succinctly: the third period was good times for the Caps. Washington scored three consecutive goals and looked to be the better team. But before that, the Caps were miserable.
In the game’s first two periods, the Stars jumped out to a 4-0 lead, outshooting the Capitals 25 to 11. That left some players frustrated. And angry.
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz gave his players the day off on Friday after they defeated Minnesota Wild 4-3 the previous night. Through 53 games, the Capitals have the most wins (40) in NHL history. I guess they earned it.