Monday's game was far from thrilling, but once again it gave us another look into what the team will be like once these games finally count. So here are a few things we learned:
But that's exactly what happened 5:48 into the first period of the game. Lee and Wilson got tangled up near the Capitals bench and then the gloves were off.
Much of Wednesday's post-practice media availability was spent discussing and dissecting the hit that occurred in the second period. Wilson laid a crushing hit on Visnovsky along the end boards Tuesday night in Game 4 that sent the Islanders defenseman to the locker room. It was the second game in a row a Capitals player hit Visnovsky and sent him off the ice. Except this time, he didn't return.
The team did not have any update on Visnovsky's status after practice and he is not expected to play Thursday's Game 5 in Washington with the series tied at 2. Several players were very vocal about on the hit.
The questionable hit occurred 5:54 into the second period as the Islanders' defenseman was trying to play the puck behind his own net. Visnovsky did not have full control of the puck and Wilson caught him in the face with his shoulder as he came flying in for the hit. Wilson was given a two-minute charging penalty and Visnovsky left the game and did not return.
"He's an idiot," Okposo said, referring to Wilson. "The guy runs around and he just hits reckless. He leaves his feet and there's no place for that."