Radko Gudas came to the Capitals in an early off-season trade that sent Matt Niskanen to Philadelphia. The 6’0″, 204-pound defenseman has been in nineteen NHL fights since the 2012-13 season. Eight of those were for the Tampa Bay Lightning and more recently eleven with the Flyers.
Here are some of the best fights–and other memorable moments–between Gudas and current and former teammates on the Washington Capitals
In 2014, Tom Wilson was in his sophomore season, and Gudas was still wearing blue as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Capitals took the puck to the net, Gudas took exception with the manner in which they did so, and fisticuffs ensued.
After Gudas laid a heavy, but legal, hit on Nic Dowd, Devante Smith-Pelly stepped in to defend his teammate. It was a short bout, with neither able to throw many punches. Afterward, Dowd skated by the box to thank DSP for sticking up for him.
This isn’t technically categorized as a fight on hockeyfights.com. Maybe Andre Burakovsky helplessly swiping at Gudas around a referee’s restraining arm transcends the notion of a fight as our feeble human minds are capable of comprehending it?
This legitimately isn’t a fight but TJ Oshie sending Gudas over the boards is as satisfying, and more amusing, than the standard punchfest.
Gudas’s a Capital now. Let’s turn this bad blood into mad love. Or maybe happy love? Just. As long as it’s not bad and/or mad, we’re cool with it.
After all: it’s the Capitals’ goalies he’s guarding now.
Git ‘er done, Gudas.
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