The Capitals held a team-building event in New York City earlier today. Players squared off into teams and played darts.
For Mr. Perfect (Tom Wilson) and V (Jakub Vrana), their day ended early after a poor performance.
“Quick exit at the dart tourney for @jakubvranaa and I,” Wilson wrote on Instagram.
So they did what any rational millennial would do with their spare time: they played on their phones.
Friday night, Jakub Vrana scored his first NHL goal after a beautiful setup by Evgeny Kuznetsov. In years past, Alex Ovechkin has pied the rookies during their postgame interviews to both celebrate and keep them humble.
With Ovechkin busy, fellow one-goal-scorer-on-the-season Tom Wilson decided to keep the tradition going, pummeling Vrana in the side of the face with a towel full of Gillette shaving cream.
Tom Wilson had one of those weird Tom Wilson nights where it’s hard to really know what type of player he is or will grow to be.
Midway through the second period, the big Canadian forward parlayed some good board work into a Daniel Winnik goal, giving the Caps a 3-0 lead.
But then! Two unanswered Bruins goals later, Wilson lost the lead for the Capitals after pasting Anton Blidh into the stanchion with an unnecessary, late hit.
Jay Beagle was the Capitals hero once again.
The Regal Beagle scored the Caps’ lone tally — a third period goal with 5:41 left in the game — during Friday night’s 1-0 snoozer against Detroit. It was Jay Beagle’s second game-winning goal in November and the eighth of his nine-year NHL career.
The goal was a masterpiece, if you count falling over and whacking at a rebound a masterpiece.
The Washington Capitals had a disaster scenario unfold during the first period of their game against the Detroit Red Wings. Four different forwards — TJ Oshie, Lars Eller, Andre Burakovsky, and Tom Wilson — went down the tunnel with injuries. Three of them — Oshie, Eller, and Burakovsky — did not return with what Barry Trotz termed as upper-body injuries. Oshie, Eller, and Burakovsky will all be reevaluated tomorrow.
Tom Wilson and TJ Oshie have a strange pregame routine they perform before every game. Wilson will slam or tap his stick into Oshie’s gluteus maximus. According to Dan Steinberg, the force of the slash is determined by how the team played previously.
Thanks to two dedicated Caps fans, we now have two more videos of the tradition being carried out.
Two games ago the Capitals’ 22-year old forward Tom Wilson led the team’s forward group in five-on-five ice time against the Winnipeg Jets with 15 minutes. This has not been the norm, as Wilson currently sits ninth overall among Caps forwards in five-on-five ice time, but it does highlight an interesting opportunity that the team has.
Wilson is a polarizing player, almost certainly the most polarizing to suit up for the Caps on a regular basis. The first round pick probably already sits in the “bust” column for many fans, and his unrelenting physicality draws the ire of 29 other fanbases.
But with the commitment of a new two-year deal, Wilson is here to stay. And despite a continued lack of results, there is a case to be made that now is exactly the time during that two-year window when Wilson should be seeing serious playing time — at least more than the 10.5 minutes per game he has seen to date.
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