“If we’re playing good hockey, we’re playing a four-line game, we’re up in the game, anyone that knows the game knows that’s not really a good time for our side to fight,” Wilson said.
Any anger, Wilson said, was directed at himself, because he saw the benching coming.
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The Capitals' coach gave similar explanations for each move involving a young skater: "You have to give them a little jolt.”
“No one touches our dad,” Wilson told viewers during the first all-access Winter Classic episode, so we asked why.
An opposing defenseman broke his stick over Wilson's face Thursday night. Wilson was content letting him skate to the penalty box.
"Tom Wilson was our best player," Trotz said of his top-line 20-year-old, who had seven penalty minutes, mainly for acting against retaliation.
If Wilson cannot go, Eric Fehr will skate as the fourth-line right winger.
But whenever the 20-year-old does, the Capitals will have a corresponding move to make.
“I’m a day-by-day guy after what happened with me last year,” Schmidt said.