Caps' Wilson bloodies knuckles in fight with Lightning's Coburn

By Alex Butler
Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43). Photo by Alex Edelman/UPI
Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43). Photo by Alex Edelman/UPI | License Photo

May 24 (UPI) -- Tom Wilson and Braydon Coburn absolutely threw down during Game 7 of the Western Conference finals between the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning.

The melee occurred with about five minutes remaining in the first period of the Capitals' 4-0 win Wednesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.


Coburn and Wilson first got into a scuffle with 7:01 remaining in the frame. Both players were assessed two-minute minor penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct for that scuffle. They left their respective sin bins with 4:53 remaining in the period and dropped gloves once again, immediately after swinging the gates open.

Wilson and Coburn grabbed each other's sweaters and Wilson landed a series of right-handed hooks before Coburn could retaliate.

The players then went blow-for-blow, with Coburn keeping his helmet on. Wilson was the more energetic fighter and he eventually punched Coburn so much that he forced his helmet from his head. He repeatedly struck Cobrun on the left side of his head before both players fell to the frozen floor and were separated by referees.


Wilson is listed at 6-foot-4, 218-pounds. Coburn stands at 6-foot-5, 223-pounds.

Coburn and Wilson were given five minute major penalties for the fight. Wilson received 91.8 percent of the vote for beating Coburn in the bout, according to The website recorded Wilson as the winner in nine of his 13 fights during the regular season. Coburn recorded draws in his two regular season fights.

Wilson recorded a career-high 187 penalty minutes this season for the Capitals, the second-most in the National Hockey League.

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