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Capitals' Tom Wilson barks at fan, says illegal hits, suspensions are 'in his head'

Matt Rosenberg
| Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, 11:00 a.m.
Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson is seen during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson is seen during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Break out your tissues, if you're so inclined to feel bad for Capitals forward Tom Wilson, who says the weight of illegal hits and suspensions is getting to him.

But he probably could have done without the reported fan abuse he faced Thursday against the St. Louis Blues.

Here's what happened Thursday.

Wilson and Robert Bortuzzo got into a heated scrap in the teams' first meeting since Wilson knocked out Oskar Sundqvist in a preseason game.

Wilson was suspended for 20 games for the hit but had it reduced to 14.

It was a spirited bout that probably would go to Bortuzzo on the card, at least as far as punches landed.

The fireworks after the fact are what made waves.

Wilson got into it with a fan in the stands, who, according to some sharp-eared Twitter users, was shouting some disparaging things Wilson's way.

The fan apparently told Wilson he was going to come after Wilson's family and that he's the "biggest piece of (expletive) in the NHL."

The fan also reportedly said "I hope you enjoy getting your neck broken."

Wilson can be seen yelling back at the fan. One person says he was screaming at the fan about there being kids around them, according to Capitals blog Russian Machine Never Breaks.

This comes on the heels of Wilson having said earlier in the day that his hits and suspensions are weighing on him. According to Fox Sports Midwest's Andry Strickland, Wilson says "it's 100 percent in his head" and that he'd rather not make a hit "in fear of it being considered illegal."

Penguins fans can leave their messages of sympathy in the comments below.

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