In case you missed it last night, the New York Rangers earned a surprising 4-1 victory over the Metropolitan Division leading Washington Capitals last night at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers, who have struggled this month, looked fired up and engaged all evening long. And if you need any further proof of it, just check out this spirited scrap between Rangers forward Brendan Lemieux and Caps pugilist Tom Wilson:
Gotta say… Brendan’s got a lot more guts than his father ever did. Love or hate Claude Lemieux, he wasn’t exactly the most honourable player in NHL history. If Claude got himself engaged with a player like Wilson in his day, I think he’d have very different results than his son.
Like father, like son? Ehn… I don’t know about that.
The 23 year old Lemieux is making his presence felt with the Rangers this season, potting one goal and seven points in 18 games. He's also managed 52 penalty minutes, as well. The most penalty minutes in a single season that his father racked up was 156 PIMs in his rookie season with the Montreal Canadiens back in 1986-87. Hmmmm... maybe there is something to the whole, "Like father, like son" comparison?
In Wilson's case, this is nothing new for him. He's used to being a target and in fact relishes the role of being the NHL's biggest jerk. The 25 year old is off to another fantastic season with the Caps, potting nine goals and 18 points in his first 24 games this season. Love him or hate him, he's on tough S.O.B.