Kyle Okposo is not a Tom Wilson fan.
Wilson, a major physical presence for the Caps in their 2-1 OT win over the Islanders Tuesday night, was ripped by Okposo after dishing out big hits on Isles forward Josh Bailey and d-man Lubomir Visnovsky in Game 4.
“He’s an idiot,” Okposo said, per Newsday. “The guy runs around, hits reckless, leaves his feet. There’s no place for that.”
Wilson finished the night with a team-high five hits and a brief tangle with Cal Clutterbuck, but it’s the penalties taken in conjunction with the Bailey and Visnovsky collisions that likely drew Okposo’s ire:
The Visnovsky hit didn’t sit well with Isles head coach Jack Capuano either, as he suggested Wilson left his feet to deliver the blow. Visnovsky left the game following the blast and didn’t return, finishing with just 7:50 TOI.
It’s worth noting that, prior to tonight’s game, Wilson alluded to upping the physicality:
“I know Latts is fired up to get in tonight, hopefully, and it’ll be good to get back together and give them some of their own medicine,” Wilson said, referring to the Islanders’ fourth line of Matt Martin [22 hits], Clutterbuck [17 hits] and Casey Cizikas [7 hits].
Related: Caps’ Fehr to miss Games 4 and 5 after Okposo hit
The Washington Capitals will be without Eric Fehr for the next two games of their opening-round series against the Islanders, following this hit from New York forward Kyle Okposo in Game 3:
Fehr, 29, is listed with an upper-body injury.
While he failed to score through the first three games of the series, Fehr did average over 15 minutes per and has been a steady contributor for the Caps this year, scoring 19 goals and 33 points in 75 games while emerging as a solid third-line checking center.
No confirmation from Caps head coach Barry Trotz on who’d replace Fehr in the lineup, though speculation suggest it’ll be Michael Latta.
Game 4 goes on Tuesday at Nassau.
The New York Islanders needed just 15 seconds of overtime to net the game-winner.
John Tavares put home the rebound off of a Nikolay Kulemin shot for his first of the playoffs.
The Islanders’ captain had a league-high four overtime winners in the regular season.
New York dominated the first two periods out-shooting the Caps 33-13.
Kyle Okposo’s second of the playoffs gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead after two periods.
Nicklas Backstrom tied it 1-1 at 13:54 of the third to force overtime.
Capitals forward Eric Fehr left the game early in the first period with an upper body injury following a hit from Okposo and did not return.
Braden Holtby, who missed Game 2 due to illness, made 40 saves in the loss.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 24 shots for the win.
The New York Islanders have a 1-0 lead after two periods thanks to Kyle Okposo’s second of the playoffs.
The Islanders have out-shot the Capitals 33-13 through two periods including a 16-5 margin in the first period.
Just prior to the goal, Braden Holtby, who missed Game 2, robbed Okposo with a huge left pad save.
The Washington Capitals played much of the first period without forward Eric Fehr.
Fehr was shaken up following a hit from Islanders’ forward Kyle Okposo early in the first period.
The Capitals announced soon after that Fehr is questionable to return due to an upper body injury.
The 29-year-old was held off the scoresheet in the first two games of the series while averaging 15:16 in time on ice.