Tempers Flare Early in the Capitals’ Game Against Pittsburgh, As Tom Wilson Drops the Gloves With Jamie Oleksiak

Heading into tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, there was expected to be some fireworks after a contentious last meeting in November, one that saw T.J. Oshie receive an elbow to the head from Penguins star Evgeni Malkin, only to return to the game to secure the win for the Capitals. And that rang loud and true just over a minute into the game, when Capitals right wing Tom Wilson and Pittsburgh defenseman Jamie Oleksiak dropped the mitts.

The fight was in response to a hit by Oleksiak earlier in the play sequence, and it took just a few swings for Wilson, who last played against the Penguins in the playoffs this past spring, to drop the Pittsburgh blueliner, who took a few seconds to recover from the daze he was put into.

Wilson, who told reporters after morning skate he didn’t expect any significant shenanigans, is playing in his 14th game since returning from a shortened, 20-game suspension.

A few minutes later, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby held a shouting match at each other, following a dust-up on the ice between the two.

 

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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4 Responses to Tempers Flare Early in the Capitals’ Game Against Pittsburgh, As Tom Wilson Drops the Gloves With Jamie Oleksiak

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Wilson is a stone cold monster!!!straight KO!!!

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