It wasn’t exactly “Full Tom Wilson” experience, but we got awfully close when the controversial Capitals forward went a little nuts on Tuesday.
Wilson’s primary prey on this fateful night was Rangers blueliner Ryan Lindgren, who innocently — so he thought — assisted on Pavel Buchnevich’s empty-netter late in the final frame of New York’s 5-2 win, before skating toward his bench for a some casual post-goal fly-by celly action.
The Ranger blueliner, however, couldn’t get within an arm’s length of a trusty, bench-riding teammate before Wilson treated him to a little NYC hospitality with a good old-fashioned mugging.
Wilson gets a stick up on buddy’s elbow to get his attention, before Lindgren gets spun around 180 degrees and swatted at ferociously by Wilson’s big, goofy (also see: terrifying) right mitt.
Then the Capitals spark plug really went in.
The spectacle continued with an overmatched official seat-belting No. 43 and hanging on for dear life as Wilson flails his arms away and flaps his jaw vigorously at the the Rangers bench. He capped his outburst by taking the liney for a big twirl and refocusing his sights on No. 55 again.
Not exactly sure if much went on between the two — verbal or otherwise — leading up to this end-of-game clash, but Wilson was clearly extremely thirsty for an altercation for one (probably ridiculous) reason or another.
Wilson was playing in his fifth contest since returning from a seven-game suspension for a “predatory” hit on Boston Bruins defenceman Brandon Carlo earlier this month. It was the fifth suspension of Wilson’s eventful career.