Chris Wagner sounds willing to get his face beaten in by Tom Wilson in order to get the Capitals tough guy off the ice.
The Bruins winger joined Zolak & Bertrand to talk about the Bruins’ 3-2 double-overtime win over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 on Wednesday night. What the guys really wanted to know above all else, though, is what was said when Wagner jawed with Wilson during a scrum.
The exchange may not have been as epic as it looked, but Wagner said he used one of his go-to lines in an attempt to agitate the Capitals forward, who is known for toeing (and sometimes crossing) the line and taking ill-advised penalties if pushed far enough. Even Wagner himself would take that trade-off.
“I just told him to ‘get mad’ because that’s usually what I say to people,” Wagner said. “Every time you touch him, he turns around like he’s going to kill you, and he’s like ‘I’d love to beat your face in.’ I’m like ‘You can if you want, but it’s not going to do anything.”
After the guys pressed Wagner for more dialogue from him and Wilson, he shared more detail. Here’s an approximation of how the back-and-forth went, according to Wagner:
Wagner: ‘What, do you think you’re untouchable?’
Wilson: ‘You want me to beat you up?’
‘You can … you should just get mad.’
‘I’d love to beat that face in.’
‘OK, man, nice.’
Listen below to hear it straight from Wagner himself. He also talked about the officiating in the series so far, and the dangers of putting the Capitals on the power play.
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