Tom Wilson is having a pretty fantastic season so far. After scoring two goals against the Wild, he set new a career high in both goals and points.
That success, however, apparently doesn’t impress Wilson’s former roommate, Andre Burakovsky. After the Capitals’ practice in Chicago Friday, Burakovsky did all he could to irritate and infuriate the first-line forward during an interview with NBC Sports Washington’s Tarik El-Bashir (follow here).
After practice in Chicago, Tom Wilson discussed his role on the #Caps’ top line, Andre Burakovsky’s two-game goal streak and Burky’s hairdo. (Stick around for a Robert Burakovsky cameo at the end. Haha.) pic.twitter.com/sjggGTUORQ
— Tarik El-Bashir⌨️🎙🏒 (@TarikNBCS) February 16, 2018
Wilson was first asked about his talented linemates, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
“I think they’re two of the best players in the world for a reason,” Wilson said. “I mean, they’re pretty fun to play with. Nicky’s a pretty special talent. He sees the ice probably better than anyone I’ve ever played with. And O’s always O, you know, he’s a good goal scorer. It’s always fun to play with those two and I’m just trying to figure out and learn how I can complement them, create space for them. You know, if I do my job, just work hard, be hard on pucks, you see them kind of taking care of the rest.”
But after being subjected to Burakovsky’s antics, Wilson got chirp-y when describing the Swedish forward’s production lately.
“His play is a lot better than his haircut, I’ll tell you that,” Wilson said. “His game last night, that goal, that was about the only pretty thing from this guy.”
Burakovsky was trolled and deservedly so. He flicked his teammate’s ear…
maniacally ruffled Tom’s hair…
and gave this dorky thumbs up.
Eventually Tom found his zen and said nice things about The Burracuda.
“No, he’s good. I think we’ve all seen that he can play that way,” Wilson said. “He’s top end talent. You know he learned from the best, his dad, Robert. It’s nice to see him capitalize and put it in the back of the net. Hopefully he keeps it going.”
Later in the day, Wilson also posted a photograph of the top line celebrating a goal together on his Instagram.
“When you’re the third wheel,” Wilson wrote.
Alex Ovechkin found this very funny.
Wilson might consider himself the tinfoil plate to his linemates’ delicious burrito bowl, but he is actually a key component to the line’s success. The trifecta of Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Wilson are very productive — each player scored against the Wild Thursday — especially on nights where they dominate possession.
Headline photo via @TarikNBCSN
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