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Three seconds after Rich Clune took an interference minor, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored to give the Caps a 2-0 lead over the Nashville Predators. Clune then took a long skate back to his bench, probably grinding his teeth. Once Karl Alzner gave the Caps a 3-0 lead, Clune had enough.

Eleven seconds later, on the very next shift, the 5’10” Clune asked the 6’4” man-child Tom Wilson to dance. And they did. Violently.

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Caps Red Line: Ian vs Tom Wilson on NHL 14!

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Ian braved rush-hour traffic last Tuesday to make an appearance at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. After nearly eight hours in the car, he now understands why we hate this city’s traffic so much. But Ian had good reason to make the trip: he played NHL 14 with Tom Wilson.

Back at the NHLPA Rookie Showcase back in August, T-Wilz took on the league’s top rookies in an NHL 14 tournament and pwned the noobs. In RMNB’s first segment for Caps Red Line, Ian decided to show Tom how real non-athletes get down. Ian’s been playing hockey– ya know, fake hockey– since Blades of Steel in 1988, six years before Wilson was born. Ian’s been playing the EA NHL franchise since 1993, which also was before Wilson was born. A lot of things happened before he was born.

An accomplished and experienced virtual athlete, Ian thought he would dominate the sassy 19-year-old. Let’s see what actually happened.

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10 Things About Our First Segment on CRL

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At 2pm on Tuesday, December 3rd (tomorrow!), RMNB’s first segment on the Washington Capitals’ television show Caps Red Line will air on Monumental Network (it’ll also eventually be on the NHL network). I can’t give you any spoilers, but I can tell you that Caps rookie/future GQ model Tom Wilson is our first interview. The whole thing was really fun to shoot (except the 4.5-hour drive back to Frederick), and we’re honored to join an Emmy-winning program. Hopefully, our presence will have only partially ruined CRL.

So, without spoilers, here are some things to look for in our first episode. See the photo above.

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Tom Wilson’s Big Hit On Colin McDonald (GIF)

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Wilson’s blurry because he’s traveling at a very high rate of speed.

The last time Washington Capitals rookie Tom Wilson played the New York Islanders, the big, bruising forward showed off his soft hands, scoring his first NHL point (from his tush) and his first NHL goal.

Saturday night, Wilson showed off another part of his game to the Islanders: his physicality. Ten minutes into the first period, the 6’4” Wilson leveled the 6’2”, 215-pound Colin McDonald, smearing him into the boards.

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For nearly two full periods, Tuesday’s night’s game was mind-numbingly dull. But then, Troy Brouwer fumbled the puck in spectacular fashion on the power play, putting the Columbus Blue Jackets up 1-0. The next Caps power play went a little a better.

Skating into the offensive zone, Martin Erat fought for the puck near far circle with Columbus defenseman Dalton Prout — yes, that’s a real name – as John Carlson and Tom Wilson drove towards the front of the net. As Erat approached, he was tripped by Prout. Falling over, Marty made a brilliant pass to the front of the net, connecting with Carlson. JCar scored for his fourth goal in six games. Carlson also fell over as he contacted the puck, crashing into CSN’s goal cam. Wilson, eager to celebrate, then tripped over Carlson’s legs, himself tumbling into the net.

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Tom Wilson’s Sketch Cards For Panini Are Tremendous

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Panini America, the same company that brought you the Joe Beninati rookie card, just blew my mind. The folks at their blog The Knight’s Lance, have released photos of sketch cards created by prospects at the NHLPA Rookie Showcase. You  remember the NHLPA Rookie Showcase, right?

During the showcase we noticed that Tom Wilson drew a Canadian flag. That was not his only sketch.

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When the Caps’ leading scorer Alex Ovechkin went down with an upper-body injury last week, some wondered where the team’s scoring would come from. Well, during Ovi’s six period absence the Washington Capitals scored 10 goals. Never mind I guess. With him back in the lineup Tuesday against the New York Islanders, they continued their blazing offensive pace, winning 6-2. As usual, Ovi was at the center of the action, registering three points in his return to the ice.

“I feel great,” Ovechkin told reporters after the game. “I feel pretty fresh out there. Of course, I have couple days off, couple breaks.”

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Through 14 games and 100 minutes on ice, Tom Wilson had yet to score an NHL point. The rookie class had started to blow by him. But Wilson had been making the most of his limited ice-time. In the Capitals’ 6-2 win over the Islanders on Tuesday night, Wilson’s hard work finally paid off.

Wilson recorded his first NHL assist in the second period. In the third, he scored his first NHL goal.

So kind of a big night for the 19-year-old.

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Take it to #TheBank: Caps beat Isles 6-2!

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Alex Ovechkin had missed the last two games due to an upper-body injury. Returning to active service against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, Alex wanted to make sure we didn’t forget him. As if we ever could. He scored two goals and set up Tom Wilson for his first career NHL goal. That’s your captain right there.

John Tavares scored on the rebound as the Islanders’ power play expired in the first period.

But let’s talk about the second period. Early in the second, John Carlson exploited an Isles goof-up to score his second goal in as many games. Alex Ovechkin scored the most casual powerplay goal ever, but Kyle Okposo returned fire just 17 seconds later. Marcus Johansson was in the right spot as a rebounding puck found his stick on another Caps power play to restore the lead. Tom Wilson got held up on a drive to the net, but set up Alex Urbom from a supine position. Alex Ovechkin scored from the Alex Ovechkin spot on another power play– one set up by some good work by Marcus Johansson in the crease. Wow.

Tom Wilson scored his first NHL goal on third-period power play, tapping in Alex Ovechkin’s pass.

Caps beat Isles 6-2!

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It took Washington Capitals rookie forward Tom Wilson 15 games and 100 minutes, but he finally did it. Wilson recorded his first NHL point– a primary assist– on Tuesday night. Alexander Urbom also scored his first goal as a Capital on the play.

Wilson’s assist was a little silly and a lot awesome.

As the 2012 first round pick went to the net, John Tavares tripped him. Wilson fell over, but landed in a sitting position. He slid through the crease and towards the boards, but he was able to pass the puck — from a seated position — to the slot. It went right to Urbom. Just like they drew it up.

Urbom shoots. Urbom SCOARS.

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