Thursday night in Brooklyn, Tom Wilson had his chimes rung by Cal Clutterbuck. Clutterbuck was angry about an earlier, unintentional hit by Wilson. One would guess there would be some carryover as the two teams completed their home and home at Capital One Arena, Friday night.
And indeed there was. In the second period, Islanders’ enforcer Ross Johnston asked Wilson to dance after a big hit. Wilson, however, is suffering from a broken nose so he was like Nuh uh, I’m cool standing here by the punch bowl. Johnston did not take Tom’s rejection well and this was the angry, awkward result.
Tom Wilson and Ross Johnston drop the gloves in an ugly hockey fight. Get him, Tommy!
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) March 17, 2018
Johnston dropped his gloves and began raining down rights to the back of Wilson’s head while #TopLineTom held his stick and had both gloves on.
Wilson eventually began protecting himself and hugged Johnston as two officials struggled to breakup the fight.
Johnston was given a two-minute minor for instigating, a five-minute fighting major, a 10-minute misconduct, and a game misconduct.
Wilson, who got a five-minute major for fighting, was not sad to see Johnston go, giving the overeager puncher two thumbs up and a wave as he left the ice never to return.
Never leave us, Trolling Tom, for you are my favorite Tom of all.
That's the 174th minor penalty Tom Wilson has drawn in his career.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) March 17, 2018
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