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BHN Daily: The Only ‘Joke’ Is The Capitals & Their Headhunting



Tom Wilson

So, Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin thinks it’s “kind of a joke” that Tom Wilson was suspended for seven games for his predatory head shot on Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo?

It’s little surprise that Wilson continues to make the same reckless mistakes over and over again when he’s got a captain on his team in Ovie that clearly doesn’t get it, and an enabler in head coach Peter Laviolette making excuses for him as well. The “all hitting is going to have to be removed” from hockey because Tom Wilson was suspended is the kind of eyeroll material that’s been coming from Wilson’s coaches for his entire career, and it’s not doing him any favors.

Other players have learned to change their games over the year once they were under the league microscope, and there might not be a better example in recently memory than Brad Marchand, as noted by my partner-in-crime Jimmy Murphy in a great column this weekend.

Until Wilson starts to smarten up and is part of an organization that actually makes him accountable for the terrible stuff he’s doing on the ice, then we’ll see the Capitals cheap shot artist keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Some would call that hockey insanity, but Washington proudly calls it Capitals hockey.

Yeah, that’s nothing to be proud of. The only “joke” is the Washington Capitals and their headhunting ways that are a disgrace.

Now on to the BHN puck links:

*Speaking of Murph, he’s got the inside scoop on trade developments for Jack Eichel, Jake DeBrusk and Sam Bennett in his OTR column for this week. (Boston Hockey Now)

*A cool story by NBC about how the organization “Breaking the Barriers” is growing the game of hockey in the Buffalo area.



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*Sad, sad story as one of the players on the 1980 Miracle team, 63-year-old Mark Pavelich, was found dead this weekend. (

*Another sad passing this weekend as Walter Gretzky, the ultimate hockey dad, has passed away. Mark Messier joined TSN to talk about Mr. Gretzky and his impact on those Edmonton Oilers team that formed a dynasty in the mid-1980’s. (TSN)

*I’ve always got time for Jackie Redmond and here hot takes around the NHL.

*Brandon Carlo is “feeling better” and that’s great news after getting Tom Wilson went head-hunting on him Friday night. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like he’s going to be returning to the Bruins anytime soon. (Boston Hockey Now)

*This sweet, sweet Mat Barzal between-the-legs highlight reel goal is probably going to make a lot of Bruins fans angry as it should. That dude has skills to pay the bills. (NYI Hockey Now)

*For something completely different: I saw Coming 2 America this weekend. I thought it was fine and it had some really sweet, heartwarming moments with the original characters in a loving tribute, but it wasn’t nearly as funny or entertaining as the first one. That’s a tough first act to live up to, but it was worth watching if you loved the original like I did. Here’s Eddie Murphy talking about the degree of difficulty of pulling off his comedy.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston,, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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Rick W Murray

Man I know a lot of players stick up for their teammates, but this is ridiculous Ovechkin is an incredible hockey player. hall of famer but Come on..if someone did the same to a player on his team retribution would be just around the corner ovechkin when he wants to is a devastating hitter and a very underrated fighter. I never have liked the guy I do like ovey’s bumper sticker though ..” Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.”


Are we talking about the same Marchand that just 2 days later cross checked a player in the back of the head?

Mike S

I’d have time for Jackie Redmond too…

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