Tom Wilson was on the wrong end of a reckless blindside hit from Golden Knights winger Ryan Reaves late in the second period of the Capitals' first return trip to Vegas since winning the Stanley Cup in June.
The hit was bad. A brutal and unnecessary one. But hits on Wilson, a player all too familiar with the Department of Player Safety, are different. He's fast become one of the league's most polarizing players. Everyone has an opinion on Tom Wilson.
Grant Paulsen, the host of Caps Faceoff Live and Caps Overtime Live, like many, used Tuesday night to set the record straight.
Ryan Reaves is what hockey fans who don't know anything about Tom Wilson think Tom Wilson is. He is a clown. Was talking and up to foolishness all night. Just took shot at Wilson behind play, resulted in Wilson smashing head on ice. Couldn't skate off on own power. #CapsKnights— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) December 5, 2018
There may not be a more divisive topic within the NHL fan community than a singular Tom Wilson hit. He is typically on the giving end, which makes the water cooler arguments all the more intriguing when he's not.
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