It’s not everyday that you see Tom Wilson meet his match in a fight, but that totally happened in the third period of the Canucks’ 6-2 shellacking of the Caps Thursday night.
Wilson, wanting to avenge Erik Gudbranson for injuring Brett Connolly, got put in a side headlock and got his helmet punched off his head.
Wilson’s entire mission during the shift was to fight. First he hit Gudbranson hard in the corner.
Then he cross-checked Gudbranson at center ice.
When those subtle hints weren’t enough, Wilson was like YOLO and threw his gloves off.
The two first engaged in some angry hugging.
Then Gudbranson knocked Wilson’s bucket off and did his best Nolan Ryan-on-Robin Ventura impression.
Wilson was assessed 19 minutes in penalties which included a two-minute cross-checking minor, a two-minute instigator, a five-minute major for fighting, and a 10-minute game misconduct for instigating.
That now gives Wilson 34 penalty minutes and 0 goals in his first 6 games of the 2017-18 season. Wilson also has been suspended six games total this year if you count his first preseason dalliance (two games) with the Department of Player Safety.
This was all to avenge an arguably clean hit on Brett Connolly… in a blowout loss… in a season which is wobbling in the wrong direction very fast.
I don’t get the point, but, hey, #ALLCAPS.
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