When New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich scored an empty-net goal with 35 seconds left to give the Rags’ a 5-2 lead, Tom Wilson decided the time was ripe to settle scores.
The Capitals’ enforcer, who has fought 69 career times, first threw punches at Ryan Lindgren, who had tried to knock Alex Ovechkin silly 11 days prior, as Rangers gave each other fist-bumps at the bench to celebrate the goal. Once Wilson was separated by an official, he looked to chat with Brendan Smith, who cross-checked TJ Oshie from behind in the kidneys minutes before. Once those two were pushed away from each other, Wilson passionately skated backward in a half semi-circle to engage Lindgren again.
“Here’s where he’s losing it,” Rangers’ play-by-play man Sam Rosen commented. “This is where Tom Wilson goes across the line. He has to be careful here.”