Tom Wilson just scored an unlikely, beautiful goal in front of family and friends at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. It ends a personal goalless streak of 37 games. It was Wilson’s first goal since March 3 2015 of last season.
In the second period of Wednesday night’s game between the Capitals and the Winnipeg Jets, Jets enforcer Anthony Peluso checked Caps forward Tom Wilson hard into the boards. In the resulting scrum, words were exchanged. Face washes were had. Then Peluso wanted to fight.
I know this because after getting turned down, Peluso put his gloves at his hips and started flapping his figurative wings like a chicken towards Willy Baby.
Take a look.
Photo: Brooks Laich
Begging for a follow is a hallmark of social media. Capitals forward Brooks Laich already has a big online fanbase (being engaged to a Hollywood superstar has probably helped), but he’s not excepted from those requests.
Tom Wilson and Michael Latta, who have gained notoriety of their own thanks to their off-ice hijinks) took follow-begging one step further by doing so in the comments of Laich’s own Instagram post.
Photo: Rob Carr
Late in the first period, the Colorado Avalanche went offside and the whistle blew. Tom Wilson decided this was the perfect moment to skate over and have a chat with future hall of famer Jarome Iginla.
It did not work out well for Willy Baby.
Hard-hitting Caps forward Tom Wilson is reportedly due to have a friendly chat with the Department of Player Safety sometime soon. From 30-dimensional thinker Elliotte Friedman:
The NHL’s Player Safety Department met with several repeat offenders in an attempt to reign them in. One was Zac Rinaldo, who escaped suspension a week earlier for hitting Sean Couturier, much to the department’s chagrin. While in Arizona during camp, Chris Pronger spoke with Steve Downie and John Scott. New Jersey’s Jordin Tootoo was offered the opportunity after being fined for a dangerous trip. Now on the radar? Washington’s Tom Wilson. Several teams have complained about his hits. As of yet, no meeting. But it’s been requested.
Who do you think complained? It’s gotta be Brayden Schenn, right?
Photo: Geoff Burke
Tom Wilson is now in his third full NHL season. He was supposed to be bruising power forward and a complement to top-six playmakers. Instead, the 16th overall pick in 2012 has been a fourth line agitator almost his entire career, fighting and hitting to try to get himself noticed in limited ice time.
On Saturday night, that almost cost the Capitals the game as Wilson, recently demoted back down to the bottom trio, took a double minor for roughing that put his team a man down late in the game. The Maple Leafs scored on the power play that followed, giving themselves a 2-1 lead that would gotten them the victory if not for a stunning goal by Nicklas Backstrom with less than a second left.
“When emotions get tied into close games, that’s how you don’t play,” Barry Trotz said of Wilson’s tomfoolery. “That’s why Tom never saw the ice again. He knows that and hopefully he learns from that.”
Last year during the playoffs, Tom Wilson was public enemy number one to the New York Islanders. Wilson injured Lubomir Visnovsky with a hard but legal check in game four of the series. In game six, one Islanders fan came to Nassau Coliseum with a “Wilson Sucks” sign. She held it up during warm-ups.
Noticing our article after the game, Wilson posted the sign on Instagram and responded. “That hurts,” he wrote with a laughing emoji.
There were a lot of great carved pumpkins this year, but my favorite has to be by reader Emily K., who was inspired — like many of us — by Tom Wilson’s confusing #LotsOfTigers hashtag. Her reach may have exceeded her grasp, but dammit, it’s the thought that counts.
I’ll let her explain.
There’s a reason Adam Oates once called Tom Wilson a “man child.” While a skilled, baby-faced player, the 6’4″ Wilson has the penchant for hulking out (i.e. turning a metaphorical shade of green and smashing things) and showing a physicality that few in the NHL can match.
Wednesday, we saw another example of Wilson destroying things with ease. It happened after Jay Beagle took a shot on Marc-Andre Fleury and Wilson crashed the net. A melee ensued.
Then: WILSON! SMASH!!
There’s a reason why Tom Wilson was nicknamed The Ten Train in junior hockey. The below video shows you why.
Watch as Willy Baby levels Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta with a big hit right after an early first period faceoff.