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Glass vs Gleason: 'Do you want to get beat up again?'


Glass vs Gleason: 'Do you want to get beat up again?'

NEW YORK -- It’s not every day you get a front-row seat to an NHL fight and on Friday morning New York Rangers left wing Tanner Glass provided a blow-by-blow description of his third-period fight with Capitals defenseman Tim Gleason, which occurred seconds after James Sheppard shoved Gleason into the Capitals’ goal post in the Caps’ 2-1 victory in Game 4.

“I didn’t see Shep push him in but there was pushing and shoving and punching,” Glass recalled. “Everyone was kind of holding each other and then punches start coming out. [Mike] Green, Gleason. I’m just standing there and watching Gleason just punch Shep in the jaw. And I’m like, ‘… Glease, stop it.’”

That’s when the hockey/trash talk started.

“I said, ‘You want to get beat up again?’” Glass recounted. “And he goes, ‘Do you want to get beat up again?'”


Three weeks ago, in his first fight as a Capital in the regular season finale, Gleason pounded relentlessly on Glass. This time around, it was Glass who got his right hand free and landed several punches to Gleason’s left eye.

Asked by a reporter on Friday who got the better of the fight, Glass replied, “Who do you think? Have you seen him today? I got him a few times, all in the same spot.”

While fighting in the playoffs is a rarity, Glass said his was spontaneous.

“It’s passion,” he said. “Two guys not backing down. I think we could use a little more of that, a little more pushback, a little more nastiness.”

While the Capitals find themselves on the brink of going to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1998, the Rangers find themselves on the brink of being eliminated one year after going to the Stanley Cup Final.

As for Glass he said the Capitals are probably happy they added his toughness to their blue line, but in the midst of a playoff series he wasn’t about to pay him too many compliments.

 “He’s kind of a [jerk], to be honest with you,” Glass said. “He starts punching people and he doesn’t stop.”

In Game 4, Glass returned the favor and his face was unmarked because of it.

“This time,” he said. “Last time, I had a couple nicks too.”

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4 reasons the Caps beat the Blue Jackets in Game 4

4 reasons the Caps beat the Blue Jackets in Game 4

The Caps put together their best performance of the series Thursday in a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 4 of their 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series.

he win pulled Washington even with Columbus in the series 2-2.

Here's how the Caps got the big win.

4 Reasons why the Capitals beat the Blue Jackets in Game 4

1. Tom Wilson factors in the offense

Wilson’s hands are good for more than just punching.

He proved that again on Thursday as he scored the first goal for the second consecutive game. Chandler Stephenson and John Carlson provided the pressure on Sergei Bobrovsky. With Bobrovsky scrambling in the crease, Evgeny Kuznetsov passed the puck back to Wilson who fired the one-timer past the Columbus netminder.

In the first two games of the series, Wilson had no points and no shots. In the last two games, he has two goals and 13 shots on goal.

2. A great keep-in by John Carlson

We saw how dangerous it was when penalty killers fail to clear the puck in Game 1 when the Caps failed to clear in the third period leading to the game-tying power play goal.

In Game 4, the roles were reversed. Trying to kill off an Artemi Panarin penalty, Cam Atkinson attempted to clear the puck with the backhand. Carlson skillfully corralled the puck out of the air at the blue line to keep it in the zone.

The power play was able to reset and T.J. Oshie scored the rebound goal soon after.

3. Braden Holtby closes the door to finish the second period

After the Caps took the 2-0 lead, the Blue Jackets made a late push to try to pull one back.

In the last 10 minutes of the second period, Columbus had 13 shot attempts, five of which were not net. Several of those shots were high-quality opportunities, but Holtby came up with the big saves that the team was not getting earlier in the series.

His play ensured the Caps took the 2-0 lead to the locker room.

4. Alex Ovechkin extends the lead to three

Washington entered the third period up 2-0. In each of the first three games, the Caps held a two-goal lead and allowed the Blue Jackets to battle back and tie the score. Even with a two-goal lead, it still felt at the start of the third that the next goal would decide the game. If Columbus pulled within one and got the crowd back on their side, we have seen what that momentum can do for them.

This time, however, Ovechkin struck first. After a board battle behind the net, the puck trickled out to the faceoff circle. Ovechkin grabbed it and quickly snapped the puck past Bobrovsky before anyone could react.

The goal gave Washington their first three-goal lead of the series and shut the Blue Jackets’ comeback down before it could begin.


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Tarik's 3 stars: Ovechkin said Caps would even the series, on Thursday, he helped them do it

Tarik's 3 stars: Ovechkin said Caps would even the series, on Thursday, he helped them do it

COLUMBUS — Alex Ovechkin confidently predicted earlier this week that the Caps were going to win twice at Nationwide Arena and take their first round series back to Washington knotted, two games apiece.

And, on Thursday night, that’s exactly what Ovechkin made sure his team did.

No. 8, who was playing in his franchise-record 101st playoff game, scored his third goal of the playoffs early in the final frame and the Caps beat the Blue Jackets 4-1 in Game 4.

Tarik’s Three Stars of Capitals-Blue Jackets Game 4

1. Tom Wilson, Capitals

After a slow (and penalty-plagued) start to this series, Wilson has become a force. Yes, he took another minor, but the good is far outweighing the bad these days. Big Willy recorded a goal, an assist and a team-high seven shots. 

2. Braden Holtby, Capitals

Holtby had his best game in, well, a long time. He stopped 23 shots, including all eight he saw in a contentious second period.

The goal he surrendered was a nearly unstoppable tip-in by Boone Jenner.

3. T.J. Oshie, Capitals

Osh just plays the game so dang hard.

So it should come as no surprise that he delivered in his team’s biggest game of the season to this point. Oshie, of course, scored the game-winning goal on the power play midway through the second period.

It was No. 77’s second tally of the series. He also directed six shots at the Columbus net and made a couple of hits...all from a player who's been fighting through injury the past few weeks.

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