Washington Capitals defenseman Steve Oleksy had one heck of a night during the Capitals’ 4-1 win over their new divisional rival, the Columbus Blue Jackets. He finished a goal short of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. For those who don’t know what a Gordie Howe Hat Trick is, it’s when a player scores a goal, gets an assist, and gets in a fight in the same game. The last Capital to achieve a Gordie Howe Hat Trick? Troy Brouwer.

Oleksy almost scored a goal in the second period. Though if he would have scored, he would have fallen an assist short of the elusive Gordie Howe Hat Trick. In the process, he did an indescribably beautiful curl-and-drag move.

Oleksy curl and drag


Gif courtesy of Russian Machine Never Breaks

During the third period, Columbus forward Brandon Dubinsky and Oleksy got into a fight. Video of the fight:

My quick analysis of the fight:

  1. Look at 0:16-0:30. It looks like either Dubinsky and Oleksy are awkward high schoolers making out for the first time or Dubinsky is a vampire.
  2. I hate Brandon Dubinsky and everything that he stands for, but he won this fight. Oleksy bit off more than he could chew, but props to him for standing up to Dubinsky. Dubinsky was chirping all game long and someone had to take one for the team and attempt to shut him up.
  3. Oleksy is no Tom Wilson.
  4. I was tempted to say that Oleksy won the fight solely because he fixed his hair mid-fight.
If a shampoo company doesn't use this gif in a commercial, they fail.
Steve Oleksy has more swag than you. Credit to welshhockeyfan


Overall, not a bad fight. Oleksy took a beating and kept on going. Dubinsky was the clear winner, but Oleksy lasted longer than most.

After the game, Oleksy talked about his epic night.

Steve is quickly become one of my favorite players on the Capitals. He’s not the most talented player, but he has a ton of heart and is not afraid to stick up for his teammates. I’m sure the Capitals are very happy that Steve’s on their side.