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DeBoer rips Capitals for 'premeditated crap' after Wilson fights Thornton

Geoff Burke / USA Today Sports

Peter DeBoer did not mince words when asked about the Washington Capitals' response to Joe Thornton's hit on T.J. Oshie.

The San Jose Sharks head coach was noticeably upset about Capitals forward Tom Wilson taking on Thornton in a fight early in the third period Monday, a bout that was clearly a response to the incident involving Oshie late in the second frame.

"If someone would have grabbed Joe in the heat of the moment after the play because they thought a liberty was taken, then I've got no problem with that," DeBoer told reporters postgame, according to NBC Sports California. "To go into the dressing room, think about it, come out in the first shift, and do that premeditated crap is just garbage."

Thornton caught Oshie with a hit to the head along the boards, and the Capitals winger was later ruled out for the rest of the game with what the club would only call an "upper-body" injury.

Wilson and Thornton were both assessed fighting majors. The Sharks veteran wasn't penalized for the original incident.

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