There’s no other way to say it: Tom Wilson absolutely destroyed Ian Cole Thursday night.
Midway through the third period of the Capitals’ 4-3 overtime win against the Avalanche, Cole laid a questionable hit on Washington forward Evgeny Kuznetsov right in front of his teammate Wilson.
And if there’s one person you don’t want to take a cheap shot in front of, it’s definitely Wilson.
The Capitals winger immediately dropped his gloves and unleashed a fury of punches on Cole. While it’s tough to give credit to a human punching bag, Cole somehow stayed on his feet despite the countless punches.
Kuznetsov would return to the game, ultimately scoring the deciding goal in the closing minute of overtime.
After signing a six-year, $31.02 million contract in the offseason, Wilson was suspended for 20 regular season games for an illegal hit to an opponents head earlier this season. The suspension was reduced two appeals later, leading to Wilson sitting for 16 games. The 24-year-old has 14 goals, 11 assists and five fights in 35 games this season.