Tom Wilson has played in 224 career NHL games. He has never scored a game-winning goal.
Monday night at Verizon Center, that changed due to some hard work and good luck. 3:46 into the third period, the fourth line forced a turnover in the defensive zone. Daniel Winnik put a shot on net. Wilson and Mike Richards crashed the net. As Richards drew a Blue Jacket’s attention in the crease, Wilson, wide open, backhanded the rebound past Sergei Bobrovski as he fell to his knees.
Capitals forward Tom Wilson is a massive human. The 6’4″, 215-pound checking-line forward is a great skater who uses his speed and power to separate players from pucks and tire out opposing teams with bodychechecks. Wilson ranks 26th in hits per game (3.1). During his three seasons in the NHL, Wilson has had a few notable hits.
Like this hit on Lubomir Visnovsky. Or that time he checked three Blue Jackets at once. Or that time he checked Derrick Pouliot’s hair out of its helmet. Or that time he leveled Christian Ehrhoff twice on the same play.
So what does it look like to stare down one of these beefy Tom Wilson bodychecks? Thanks to NBCSN, we now know: it’s scary.
While you were watching the D.C. Eagle cam hoping to catch of glimpse of some very American cinnamon rolls, two of your favorite Caps cinnamon rolls — brobeans Andre Burakovsky and Tom Wilson — were participating in the latest social media craze: face swapping.
In the picture above, which the Caps shared via something called “Snapchat” and also Twitter (“thanks,” said the olds), you’ll see Willy Baby’s face on Dre’s body, and Burky’s face on Tommy’s body.
Katie Brown captured Dre’s commentary from inside the locker room:
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Tuesday night, Evgeny Kuznetsov posted a photo of three of the Caps’ Russians in Beverly Hills, hanging out on Rodeo Drive.
After seeing the photo, Wilson had a special message for Stan Galiev.
Caps forward Tom Wilson, the man behind a million big hits, just leveled another player in the second period of Caps-Pens. The unlucky recipient of Tom’s beefaroni bodycheck was Pens defenseman Derrick Pouliot.
Wilson hit Pouliot so hard, Pouliot’s hair wanted to leave its owner’s helmet.
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.
Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images
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.”
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