Like The Hatfields and The McCoys, The Tom Wilson and The Schenns have a long-simmering beef that goes back, what feels like, generations.
Of Tom Wilson’s 52 career NHL fights (preseason, regular season, and postseason), the Caps winger has fought the Schenn brothers four times. Monday at Verizon Center, Wilson’s fists reacquainted themselves with Luke Schenn’s meaty face, punching the Coyotes defenseman repeatedly in the head during a short fight at Capital One Arena.
The fight occurred 14:57 into the second period after the Capitals scored two unanswered goals to tie the Coyotes at 2. After a brief meeting of the minds in the crease, Tom and Luke agreed that boys will be boys and engaged in an intense collar-grabbing contest. Ten seconds later, Tom got his right hand free and walloped Luke with four consecutive haymakers until referees broke up the fight.
Tom looked on exasperated that he had to stop punching.
A fan sitting beside Australian ambassador to the United States, Joe Hockey, saluted Luke’s performance with a choking gesture.
During Tom’s five seasons in the NHL, the Capitals enforcer has had many dustups with the Schenn brothers, who both used to play on geographical rival Philadelphia.
The Schenns first got acquainted with Wilson in the preseason of 2013. After Zac Rinaldo earned a major penalty, Tom and Brayden dropped their gloves immediately after a faceoff. Tom beat Brayden senseless in the fight, landing at least two dozen punches. It was one of five fights in a violent game. Wilson was voted the victor by 97.6% hockeyfights.com users. The bout yielded two amazing photos that are still routinely shared on social media today.
Several months later, Tom and Brayden renewed their hatred for each other, but not with their fisticuffs. Tom leveled the Flyers forward into the boards igniting a fracas among all the players on the ice. Nicklas Grossmann would end up fighting Wilson.
The Department of Player Safety did not penalize Wilson on the hit.
In March 2014, Luke took a run at the Caps’ Ryan Stoa near the benches during a regular season game. It would end up giving Luke the opportunity to avenge his younger brother’s beatdowns from earlier in the season. Tom made an immediate b-line towards the carnage and eventually, Luke and Tom mixed it up. Brother Bradyen looked on.
Tom and Luke, now with the Los Angeles Kings, met for the second time nearly two years later. After Wilson shoved Luke into goaltender Jonathan Quick, the two could not resolve their differences merely with words. So they fought! Wilson ravaged Luke with rights until the Kings dman said enough and tackled the human freight train to the ice. 88.2% of hockeyfights.com users voted Wilson as the winner.
The Tom vs. Luke III bout that happened last night resulted in another clear victory for the Caps enforcer, earning him 90.5% of the votes on hockeyfights.com. No matter how many times Tom imposes his will on The Schenns, the two brothers fight back and the cycle always repeats itself: Tom punches them in the face, the brothers regret it, and more carnage is needed later to settle the score.
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