TOM WILSON IS ALL JACKED UP ON MOUNTAIN DEW.
17 minutes into Game 7 and Tom Wilson is already out here doing Tom Wilson things.
First, there were these shenanigans:
Pretty standard stuff. Some anger words, some glove pulling. Nothing special. Then, friends - then it gets real:
Tom Wilson comes out and the box for fighting and immediately gets into another fight. GIVE ME MORE pic.twitter.com/HUBmRucmMH— Joe Schiller (@JoeSchillerNFL) May 24, 2018
Let this marinate a little bit. Wilson got a minor for fighting, served his time, and then IMMEDIATELY came out of the box and did literally the exact same thing.
Tom Wilson punch Braydon Coburn's helmet off pic.twitter.com/QZ2y9TZwqB— Ian Oland (@ianoland) May 24, 2018
He punched a guys helmet off. Those helmets have straps to stay on for this exact reason, and it didn't matter. If this was medieval jousting, Braydon Coburn would be declared the loser on the spot.
Get you a friend like Tom Wilson.
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TAMPA—Head Coach Barry Trotz skated the hot lap prior to Wednesday’s Game 7 at Amalie Arena, taking over the superstitious tradition from captain Alex Ovechkin.
Why the change?
The Caps lost Game 5 here on Saturday. And when the Caps lose on the road—the only place where the morning-skate-starting hot lap takes place—a new skater is selected.
The biggest question entering the morning skate has been answered: #Caps Coach Barry Trotz took the hot lap, replacing Alex Ovechkin after a Game 5 loss here in Tampa. #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/UaEdwU5YI6— Tarik El-Bashir⌨️🎙🏒 (@TarikNBCS) May 23, 2018
The weird tradition began in the first round at Nationwide Arena in Columbus when Jay Beagle grew tired of waiting for the ice to freeze over following a fresh Zamboni cut. Beagle's teammates implored him to wait a little longer for the ice to cure, but he grew impatient and took it upon himself to kick off the skate by racing around the rink, a la the fastest skater competition at the All Star Skills competition.
Ovechkin took it over prior to Game 6 in Pittsburgh because the Caps had lost Game 4 at PPG Paints Arena.
Ovechkin proudly carried on the tradition as Washington won three in a row—Game 6 in Pittsburgh and Games 1 and 2 of this series vs. Tampa Bay.
Following the Caps’ 3-2 defeat in Game 5 here, though, it was expected that a change would be made.
And on Wednesday morning the baton changed hands, with the least obvious of all the Caps busting his 55-year-old hump around the rink much to the delight of his players and assistants.
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