Wednesday night against the Rangers, the Capitals doled out several big hits. Dmitry Orlov snuffed out a breakaway attempt by destroying Brendan Smith and Tom Wilson enveloped Steven Kampfer into the boards after a dump in.
There was one other hit I need to talk about: Justin Williams’ butt check.
I’m not sure how intentional or thought out this was, but as Adam Clendening lost control of the puck in neutral ice, Williams took the opportunity to separate the Rangers defenseman from the biscuit entirely. Williams did so by taking his rump, crouching down, and hitting Clendening square in the chest.
This is beautiful in its unconventional-ness.
These savvy, veteran plays are the reason why the Capitals signed the former Conn Smythe-winner, and I, for one, hope we see more butt checks in the playoffs.
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