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Move over Ovechkin vs. Crosby, the Capitals-Penguins rivalry has a new subplot: Williams vs. Malkin.

If you saw Thursday night’s game in Pittsburgh, then you are no doubt aware of Williams’ second period suplex of Malkin, who had taken a whack at goalie Braden Holtby. If you did not, watch it above.

Malkin was uninjured; Williams was assessed a roughing minor.

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Now, we’ve got Williams’ side of the story.

“It goes back to the first few years of hockey: you protect your goalie,” Williams said Saturday morning. “It was kinda like a perfect storm-type thing. He was turning. I was pulling on him. And he went down. Not much more I can say.”

Williams added: “I’m not trying to make a story where there’s not. You protect your goalie at all costs because he makes you good all the time. And that’s that. And I thought they took a shot at him, so I took a shot back.”

Williams also addressed Malkin’s comments regarding the cantankerous history between the two players, dating back to Williams’ time with the Kings. After Thursday's game, Malkin told reporters: “I saw the puck and tried to shoot. Maybe I touched Holtby's glove. The puck was available. Why he came behind me and upset, I don't know. It's been a long time with Williams, we've fought a couple of times before. It's a long story.”

 

One of those “fights” came in 2014. Malkin appeared to take exception to a Dustin Brown slash and, moments later, ended up scrapping with Williams.      

“If you want to call it a fight…I wouldn’t call it a fight,” Williams said, smirking. “We dropped our gloves but I don’t think it was very good. There’s something there. There was something there when I was in L.A. And I guess there’s something now.”

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