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Video: Clune KOs Wey; Caps not happy

Mar 31, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

On Sunday, Nashville forward Rich Clune — he of the 32 career NHL fights — took on Caps rookie Patrick Wey, who had exactly one scrap on his resume…which came while playing junior in the USHL five years ago.

Needless to say, things didn’t go well for Wey:

Wey left with an apparent head injury and didn’t return. Following the game, Washington took issue with the fact such a seasoned fighter as Clune took on an inexperienced opponent, though the Caps players and coaches did acknowledge Wey was a willing participant.

“They had a little tangle before the fight and they were talking to each other a bit and Weysie seemed to be a willing combatant,” Troy Brouwer said, per the Washington Post. “But at the same point guys who are known to be fighters, they have to have enough respect to pick their spots to know when guys are able to fight fighters.”

“I’m surprised the guy [Clune] would do that,” added head coach Adam Oates. “But they had contact, they kind of looked each other in the eye and Patrick also didn’t back down.”

Following the tilt, Caps rookie Tom Wilson — Washington’s fighting leader this year, with 13 — tried to engage Clune in a second tilt in order to force Clune “to defend his actions,” but the Preds tough guy declined.

That decision also drew the Caps’ ire, and one has to wonder if the pair’s history had anything to do with it. Clune and Wilson had previously fought this season on Dec. 7, which Wilson won in a clear decision (93.3 percent, per the voters over at HockeyFights.)

  1. dsonashville28 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Clime injured his hand against Wey. That probably left him less inclined to fight Wilson. Especially since Wilson won their previous encounter. Wey just got a school of hard knocks lesson. He was willing. He was game. I’m sure Clune respects Wey for throwing down.

  2. hockey412 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Hard to see the Caps side in this one, Clune gives up a whole lot of inches to both those guys, and Wey was in on the fight too. Just because he wins over the guy that is 4 inches taller than him doesn’t mean you send in the guy that is 6 inches taller. This is where the ‘fight’ advocates lose ground…they thought he needed to answer the bell for answering the bell?

    Tom Wilson is a freaking beast, though – hope he sticks around a while.

  3. jpelle82 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    hey, no way clune followed patrick wey’s career to know whether or not he was a fighter. i mean the kid was a 4th rd pick in 2009. how is clune supposed to follow a team they play twice a year (if that) well enough to know that some 23 yr old kid may or may not fight. he got beagled. he wont do that again you can bet. you live and you learn..a couple nhl seasons under his belt and he will be laughing it off.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      +1 for using Beagle as a verb.

  4. eagles512 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Videos are still popping up without clicking on them. Killing me at work.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      just tell them playoffs are coming. if they hassle you further, pull their shirt over their head and sock ‘em one.

  5. thesportsjudge - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    God I hate homer announcers.

    Anyone else notice Clune basically stop, then throw again after Wey kept throwing?

  6. jaguar0413 - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    As a Caps fan this sequence pretty much sums up the season. There shouldn’t have been a fight on the play, it was a nothing step up by Wey. It did happen though, and the Caps felt Clune was out of line (which is highly debatable). And what did they do next? Absolutely NOTHING! I’m not saying that Wilson should have gone after Clune because he shouldn’t have. The game was too important to jeopardize by taking a stupid instigator penalty. The team should have rallied behind Wey by increasing their energy and playing better. Instead they packed it in and lost a game against a team they should have beat.

    They are pathetic and all talk. Shut up or nut up!

  7. har21441 - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    In the Pens / Chigame last night, Mike Milbury called out Brooks Orpik between periods for not answering the bell for a clean hit on Toews – even stating Orpik is not a fighter.

    In the Wash . Preds game, Wey answers the bell for a clean hit, and the Caps call out the Preds and tough guy Clune for taking on a non fighter.

    I understand that fighting is important to police the game, but how is a scrap between two heavyweights that were not involved in the play that sparked a fight considered “policing” the game?

    If the hit is clean, not answering the bell should not be looked down upon. (Orpik situation)
    Answering the bell, and getting your bell rung (Wey) should not not be looked down upon
    Two heavyweights scrapping because of a disagreement between two other skaters solves nothing.
    And in ALL situations, Mike Milbury is an assclown

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