This might have been the most anticipated game of the entire year. We all know what happened two nights ago between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals. It all transpired into chaos after Tom Wilson nearly killed Artemi Panarin with a vicious body slam. The result is that Wilson is not getting a suspension and the Rangers are beyond outraged.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 4, 2021
It is one thing to call out a player for a dirty play he committed. It is a totally different situation when you call out the head of the Department of Player Safety. Saying that George Parros is unfit to do his job is a bit much, but I see where the frustration is coming from. The two teams would need to face off tonight and answer to the events that transpired on Monday night.
They Chose Violence In The First Period
“I choose violence”. That is the mentality of both teams as we started off this game. Right off the opening face-off, we had a full line brawl with each team’s fourth line dropping the gloves. The Capitals seemed to have the majority of the better fights between the two teams. The fights didn’t stop there. The man of the hour Tom Wilson got jumped by Brendan Smith shortly after. Smith was assessed 17 minutes of penalties on the play.
There would be two more fights before the five-minute mark of the period. This brings the total amount of fights to six and we were not even five minutes in. The Rangers clearly sent a message to the Capitals by saying they are not as small as people keep saying they are. They were ready for the task ahead and they handled it pretty well. In conclusion, the two teams combined for zero goals and 100 penalty minutes in the first period.
Line brawl to start tonight's game between the Rangers and Capitals at MSG pic.twitter.com/52pvvVZHwx
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) May 5, 2021
TJ Oshie’s Emotional Performance
After the game died down with the intensity, TJ Oshie took over on the offense. Oshie is playing with a heavy heart right now. His father just passed away yesterday and this is Oshie’s first game since his passing. He gave one hell of a performance in honor of his dad with the game he had tonight. He got the offense going early in the second to make it 1-0 Capitals. Oshie was not done there.
Later in the period, Oshie once again converts on the power-play to put the Capitals up 2-0. In the third period, with the Capitals up 3-1, Oshie put the cherry on top. With the goalie pulled, Oshie puts it into the empty net to complete the hat trick. This is the fourth hat-trick of Oshie’s career. The emotions took over as he made it back to the bench with his teammates. On a night where all the attention was on Tom Wilson, this gives a better feeling to a chaotic last couple of days. The Capitals take this game by a score of 4-2.
An emotional TJ Oshie on the bench after scoring a hat trick in his first game since his father's passing pic.twitter.com/zGRfGF2YPP
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) May 6, 2021
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