But the Lightning’s Braydon Coburn apparently didn’t consider what kind of damage the Caps right wing could do in an actual fight.
This altercation in the first period of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals landed both players in the penalty box for two minutes …
Tom Wilson is PISSED
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) May 24, 2018
… but that didn’t cool either guy off.
Upon their releases from the box, they threw down. It didn’t go well for Coburn.
Tensions are high in Game 7.
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) May 24, 2018
Tom Wilson is no joke.pic.twitter.com/Jm5UzpxNAE
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) May 24, 2018
One of Wilson’s punches looked like a tribute to Rougned Odor.
Tom Wilson punch Braydon Coburn’s helmet off pic.twitter.com/QZ2y9TZwqB
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) May 24, 2018
Here’s a tip for those who want to use their brains past the age of 50: Don’t mess with anyone who couldn’t care less about doing this to their hand.
Tom Wilson’s knuckles after that tilt with Coburn pic.twitter.com/gV27lb7Gwh
— Goalie Blinnterference (@NHLBlinn) May 24, 2018
Before his actual crushing blows, Wilson contributed to a figurative one.
He assisted on Alex Ovechkin’s goal a minute into the series-deciding contest. And he started the play by creating a turnover with a hit on Chris Kunitz.
Alex Ovechkin heads to the top of the circle and drills home a scorching one-timer, giving the Capitals an early lead in Game 7 #TampaBayLightning #WashingtonCapitals #Goal (2018-05-24) pic.twitter.com/kfArG2TQtl
— mr beep boop (@mr_beep_boop) May 24, 2018
Washington would score three more times, but the first goal was all they’d need, winning 4-0.
They’ll meet the Cinderella-story Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final.