On Thursday night, the Capitals began their chase for the Stanley Cup in the 2017 NHL Playoffs with Game 1 of their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Capitals got off to a slow start, with the Maple Leafs finding the back of the net twice in the game's first ten minutes. The Maple Leafs were able to get off to a fast start thanks to the play of Connor Carrick.
If that name sounds familiar, it's because it is. Carrick was selected by the Capitals with the No. 137 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.
The Illinois native spent three season with the Capitals organization before being traded to the Maple Leafs in a deal that moved Brooks Laich to the Maple Leafs and sent Daniel Winnik to the nation's capital.
On Thursday night, the 5-11 defenseman was all over the ice, giving his former teammates plenty of fits.
Connor Carrick: former Capital, professional pain in the butt. pic.twitter.com/3WWzVOslBL— Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) April 14, 2017
Fans on Twitter was equally as frustrated.
CONNOR CARRICK WANTS TO FIGHT SOOOOOOOO BAD— Jason Rogers (@HeyJayJRogers) April 13, 2017
Connor Carrick you better SIT DOWN SIR— PJ & the Holympians (@capswinemom) April 13, 2017
If the early portions of Game 1 is any indication, this series is going to be mighty chippy between Carrick and his former friends.