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Battered hands of Capitals' Tom Wilson tell the story of being a hockey brawler

Battered hands of Capitals' Tom Wilson tell the story of being a hockey brawler

The streaks of blood that had covered Tom Wilson's hands -- some his own and some shed by his latest challenger -- were washed away days ago, but as the Washington Capitals forward splayed out the fingers of his right hand, he pointed out the scarring and bruising over his knuckles, a couple shades darker than the rest of his skin. A thin bandage covered his pinkie, the only visible damage from his latest bout.

"I can't be a watch model," Wilson joked.

Wilson's hands are evidence of the toll fighting can have on the body, of the risk of injury every time he sheds his gloves and literally exposes one of his most important assets. Wilson has fought six times this...

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