In the late first period against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, Capitals winger Tom Wilson accidentally clipped Zach Parise in the face with his stick.
The collision resulted in Parise colliding with Jay Beagle, which left the Wild star in a heap of pain on the ice.
Wilson went to the penalty gox for high-sticking, but the incident was not lost on Parise's teammate Chris Stewart.
When Wilson got back on the ice following his penalty, Stewart went right after Wilson, and the two wasted little time throwing hands.
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It's hard to say who won the exchange based on the breif altercation, but when Wilson got back to his feet, he was a bloody mess, and that is putting it lightly. If you're looking to score the fight, it's tough to tell. Stewart landed a clean blow first, and if you take a look at the replay, it's that first blow that seems to open up a gash above Wilson's eye.
Wilson throws a strong counter-punch that connects, and when Stewart goes to throw another punch, he slips and falls to the ground, which is when Wilson cracks him on the way down. Stewart landed several punches once the fight hit the ice, which is technically when the fight ends, so at a minimum, the fight is scored a draw, although the post-fight optics weigh heavily in Stewart's favor.
Wilson entered Tuesday night in third play in penalty minutes with 114 this season. Stewart entered the Tuesday night contest ranked 18th in penalty minutes with 89.
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We are down to the home stretch. Only 10 games remain in the Capitals' regular season. Those 10 games will ultimately decide if the Caps finish in first place in the Metropolitan Division and who they will play in the first round of the playoffs.
Washington currently sits in first place in the division, two points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and four points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers. Of those 10 remaining games, only three come against teams currently in playoff position. The most critical of these comes on April 1 when the Caps travel to Pittsburgh in a game that could ultimately decide the division.
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Playing three games in four days takes a toll on even the fittest athletes, and it was their sluggish start that doomed the Capitals in a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
After being noncomittal about his starting goalie all weekend, Coach Barry Trotz put Philipp Grubauer in net. Grubauer ended up making 29 saves on 34 shots. Offensively, the Caps got goals from Alex Ovechkin, Chandler Stephenson, and John Carlson. Carlson's third period goal cut the Flyers' lead to two with a little over three minutes to go, but a Jakub Voracek empty-netter a few moments later was the nail in the coffin.
Here are your three stars from the game:
1. Travis Boyd had the play of the game for the Capitals. Boyd carried the puck into the Flyer's zone, cut through multiple defenders and fired a slick shot to a streaking Ovechkin, who burried the puck in the back of the net. Check it out:
Not only was the play nice on its own, but it was Boyd's first NHL point. Not a bad way to get it.
2. Shayne Gostisbehere got the Flyers going with his goal in the first period. The defenseman had one goal on five shots along with being an intimidating force in the defensive zone. After going six weeks without scoring, today's goal was Gostisbehere's second goal in three games.
3. Wayne Simmonds was the best offensive player on the ice on Sunday, scoring twice - both in the final period. It was the 22nd and 23rd goals of the season for the 29-year-old winger. It was also the first multi-goal game for Simmonds since Opening Night, when he had two against San Jose.
The Caps hit the ice next on Tuesday, when they welcome the Dallas Stars to the Capital One Center.