Tom Wilson gets shaving cream after first goal
WASHINGTON -- On a night when Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of power-play goals and Nicklas Backstrom recorded three assists for the 23rd time in his NHL career, it was Tom Wilson who was getting the shaving cream pie treatment.
Wilson picked up his first NHL point with a second-period assist, then netted his first NHL goal on a power-play pass from Alex Ovechkin to help give the Caps a 6-2 win over the visiting New York Islanders.
“That’s why he was out there on the power play,” Ovechkin said, minutes before sneaking into the back of the dressing room and emerging with a shaving cream pie in a towel.
“Everybody wants to score, especially when you’re young and in the NHL. I hope he continues what he’s doing. He deserves it. He’s a hard-working guy. I’m happy for him.”
Just as Wilson began an interview with reporters Ovechkin tip-toed behind him and waffled him with shaving cream. Wilson grabbed his face in pain and retreated to the restroom to wash out his eyes, which were red and watering when he returned.
“I’ll definitely remember that,” Wilson said. “What a player, what a guy. Pretty cool tp have him pass is to me for that first one.”
Wilson fell a fighting major short of a Gordie Howe hat trick and he could have achieved the feat if he agreed to drop the gloves with Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner in the closing minute of the game.
“He grabbed me and joked around that he was trying to get me the Gordie How but I don’t think my first Gordie Howe would want to be against him. He’s a pretty tough character.”
The Capitals exploded for five goals in the second period, went 4-for-6 on the power play, and were a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.
In addition to Ovechkin scoring twice and Wilson getting his first, John Carlson netted his second goal in as many games, Alex Urbom netted his first goal as a Capital and Marcus Johansson scored his first of the season.
Capitals coach Adam Oates said he thought the game might have been the best of the season for the Caps, who emerged over the .500 mark [8-7-0] for the first time this season.
“They’re a very good hockey team,” Oates said. “We had to be ready and I think we were tonight.”
Oates said the game reminded him of the way the Capitals were playing near the end of last season, when they went 15-2-2.
“A lot of good things,” he said. “I’d still like to shore up a couple things in our own end and take a little pressure off our goalies.”