Capitals winger Tom Wilson has a reputation.
Wilson is an enforcer and, in Wednesday’s matchup with the Penguins, he completely leveled defenseman Jamie Oleksiak before he even broke a sweat.
Wilson was not happy with an attempted hit along the boards in the opening minute of the teams’ matchup and he almost immediately confronted Oleksiak.
He dropped his gloves, then Oleksiak dropped his, and then the fight was over.
OK, it wasn’t that fast but it seemed like it.
It took all of three swings from Wilson before Oleksiak hit the deck. It was quick, as it took all of 55 seconds for Wilson to get into a fight with the Penguins, which is hardly surprising.
Tom Wilson knocks out Jamie Oleksiak pic.twitter.com/5jmRmTw9H5
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) December 20, 2018
The Capitals and Penguins have plenty of history, but Wilson holds a special spot in Pittsburgh’s mind.
The 24-year-old broke the jaw of Penguins center Zach Aston-Reese during last season’s Eastern Conference Finals. Wilson was suspended three games for the hit.
Wilson and Oleksiak were given five-minute majors for fighting.
Oleksiak left the game after the fight.