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Capitals-Islanders gets off to a physical start

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Through one period of the Capitals-New York Islanders first-round series, we can tell one thing: This is going to be a very rough, physical series. Both teams combined for 26 penalty minutes in just the first 20 minutes of play with two fights (though one was just given a roughing call) plus an additional six minors.

As you would expect, Wilson was very much involved in the fisticuffs. Wilson dropped the gloves with Islanders captain Anders Lee late in the period and took an additional two minor penalties.

A bit less expected was John Carlson dropping the gloves. After missing all three games of the round robin, Carlson took exception to a hit on Nicklas Backstrom and dropped the gloves with Lee just 2:33 into his return and six seconds into his second shift.

Both players were given minor penalties for roughing. That hit on Backstrom was also likely the reason for Wilson's fight later on as Lee was called to answer.

Just a reminder, this was just the first period of the first game of a best-of-seven series. It's going to be a long one, folks.

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