Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson had a bunch of big hits on Tuesday night, six to be exact, but he didn’t exactly have a good game. The Caps were outshot 13 to 6 while Wilson was on the ice during 5v5, the worst shot-attempt differential on the team, though to be fair he started more than 80 percent of his non-neutral shifts in the defensive zone.
But the team got a very big win, and Tom was deservedly happy about it.
Great stay in Arizona topped off with a big win! Off to Colorado for a few
— Tom Wilson (@tom_wilso) November 19, 2014
But check out this bullet from Peter’s brilliant game-recap (which if you have not read, please read now).
Top-line Tom Wilson is not working. He’s laying big hits like crazy, but those hits only happen when his team doesn’t have the puck. In one second-period shift, Wilson turned over the puck in the defensive zone, then put a huge hit on Michalek behind the Arizona net, then couldn’t get back to his own zone, resulting in an outmatched Nick Backstrom committing a hook. If the only part of that shift we hear about is the big hit, I’ll be quite frustrated.
Caps players gave him the Honest Abe anyway. Maybe it doesn’t have to be for offense and defense– or even leveling huge hits. Maybe it was for that salad. Have you seen that salad?! The flow deserves recognition.
“Four score and 7 hits ago…” pic.twitter.com/Wui2fBdRRn
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) November 19, 2014
Honest Abe Tom Wilson. pic.twitter.com/13zqE5ZOmn
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) November 19, 2014
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