Washington Capitals wing Tom Wilson has developed a reputation in the NHL as the dirtiest player in the league. In the past, Wilson has been known for repeated cheap shots, and has been given some slaps on the wrist in terms of fines and/or small suspensions being handed down by the league.
Unsurprisingly, those few instances have not stopped Wilson from being a complete scumbag whenever he steps onto the ice. Sure enough, he was at it again on Monday night.
During the second period of the game against the New York Rangers, a scrum happened in front of the Capitals’ net. As the play was whistled dead, Tom Wilson punched Pavel Buchnevich in the head while he laid on the ice, unable to defend himself. Wilson didn’t stop there, and went right after a defenseless Artemi Panarin.
Tom Wilson gets a 10-minute misconduct for punching Buchnevich in the head on the ground and body slamming Panarin pic.twitter.com/fg2HRej8yD
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) May 4, 2021
“What is Wilson doing?” Is a question many have been trying to answer for years now
— Awesemo NHL DFS (@AwesemoNHL) May 4, 2021
Tom Wilson was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty, and two roughing penalties after the scrum. In total, he had to sit in the box for 14 minutes. But it didn’t seem to bother Wilson, who proceeded to flex towards the Rangers bench right when he entered the penalty box.
tom wilson is insane. and not in a good way. pic.twitter.com/lYpX7vGNZZ
— ✰ava✰ (@goaIcaufield) May 4, 2021
Social media was blowing up after Tom Wilson’s reckless and dangerous behavior.
The only thing worse than Tom Wilson is Tom Wilson fans.
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) May 4, 2021
Tom Wilson when picking on a defenseless player.
Tom Wilson when an enforcer wants to go after him. pic.twitter.com/wKiXMARZck
— x-PostSZN Push Gillette (@a_gillette3) May 4, 2021
Can we just be done with Tom Wilson being a hockey player?
— Phil Hughes (@PJHughes45) May 4, 2021
I'm no longer with The Athletic so I will say this:
Tom Wilson can eat my ass like an oyster.
— Ryan Mead (@OhRyanMead) May 4, 2021
Listening to Caps fans defend Tom Wilson pic.twitter.com/rMiBnpfnSd
— Andrew (@based_shesty) May 4, 2021
— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) May 4, 2021
Tom Wilson is the biggest piece of shit in professional hockey. It’s not close. I don’t know if I could root for my team if he was on my team’s roster. A legitimate psychopath.
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) May 4, 2021
Capitals fans defending Tom Wilson. pic.twitter.com/vcfGEjAHuD
— Big McLargeHuge (@DrumLuck87) May 4, 2021
The NHL should make it mandatory for Tom Wilson to take half a xanax before every game. I don’t know what else to do about this guy
— big heatdaddy (@DanyAllstar15) May 4, 2021
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) May 4, 2021
Since suspensions don’t work for changed man Tom Wilson, maybe handcuffs would be better. Glad the Caps decided to put an “A” on his sweater. Embarrassing.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) May 4, 2021
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The NHL simply has to do something, or Tom Wilson might seriously hurt somebody out there. The man has to be given a lengthy suspension, or worse. With all the head injuries and CTE affecting players in hockey nowadays, we simply cannot have a guy out there who is legitimately trying to hurt people while he plays.
In fact, Tom Wilson very well may have hurt Panarin, who didn’t return to the game after the cheap shot.
Panarin didn't play after he was part of the chaos by the Capitals net at 7:40 of the second period and got a roughing minor. Remember, and not sure if one has to do with the other, but he didn't skate this morning. The reason given was maintenance.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) May 4, 2021
It’s long overdue for Tom Wilson to be put in his place.