Dropping the Mitts in Montreal: Tom Wilson Racks Up 17 PIMs on Heels of Fight with Canadiens’ Michael Pezzetta

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The Washington Capitals’ 2022-23 season is almost complete, with a handful of games left to play before heading their separate ways for the offseason after failing to qualify for the postseason. The first stop on the five-game finish to their regular season campaign came in Montreal against the Canadiens.

The Capitals began the season without the services of right wing Tom Wilson (among others), who was still recovering from offseason ACL surgery, and his absence and subsequent return was noticeable. During the Caps’ first period against the Habs, one aspect of Wilson’s importance to the club came on full display.

After Capitals Center Nic Dowd was hit by Montreal’s Michael Pezzetta, Wilson came to his teammate’s aid and dropped the gloves in a round of fisticuffs.

While both players received the customary, five-minute fighting majors, Wilson racked up a mind-boggling 17 penalty minutes on the back of additional Instigator and 10-minute misconduct penalties.

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. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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5 Responses to Dropping the Mitts in Montreal: Tom Wilson Racks Up 17 PIMs on Heels of Fight with Canadiens’ Michael Pezzetta

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    This was one disgusting game. Giving up not just one shortie but two shorties. And getting outshot by a ridiculous amount after they scored first.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is clearly the type of fight that the league should continue to support. An instigator was inappropriate here.

    Nice to see an old school square up.

  3. KimRB says:

    At least someone cares. Kind of looks like some are already planning their summer vacations. I’m looking at you, #92!

  4. John T Perino says:

    Clean Hit,appropriate response.John

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