Photo: Mike Stobe
As luck would have it, the NHL mic’d up human wrecking ball Tom Wilson for Tuesday night’s playoff game between the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders. Like the rest of the Caps universe, Wilson rather enjoyed Nicklas Backstrom‘s overtime game-winning goal. The only problem was he couldn’t tell who scored.
Video courtesy of the NHL
“Whoever it was, I love you,” Wilson exclaims amid a chorus of “WOOOOOOs” that would make the Nature Boy proud.
Not content with undirected praise, Wilson digs around for information on who might have actually scored the goal.
“Destroyer, destroyer, hey destroyer, was it you?,” Wilson asks an unidentified player. When that anonymous player responds, “I don’t know,” Wilson seems content to let the mystery remain unsolved.
“Who was it? Who knows? I love him!” As do we all, Tom. As do we all.
Another fun moment occurs as the celebration huddle is breaking up. Wilson turns to Holtby, freezes in awe for a split second, then leans into his goaltender, pats him on the head and says, “You’re so sick.”
The OTGWG is still officially credited to Backstrom, and Joel Ward remained coy when pressed after the game on whether he deflected the puck on its route to the back of the net. The mystery may never be solved.
But there’s another mystery here. Who is “Destroyer”? It’s unclear from the video, but we do have some clues.
Unless Wilson wasn’t paying attention at all, it’s most likely to be one of the five Caps on the ice at the end of the game: Backstrom, Ward, Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Orpik and John Carlson. And we can rule out Ward, who didn’t join the huddle until after Wilson’s use of the nickname.
That leaves us with three likely candidates. So, who do you think it was?
2PM Update: Alex Prewitt reports that it’s Ovechkin’s nickname.
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) April 22, 2015
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