Devante Smith-Pelly: Caps have 'genuine dislike' for Pens

Ben Krimmel
December 20, 2018 - 2:11 pm

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Washington forward Devante Smith-Pelly said the Caps have a genuinely dislike the Pittsburgh Penguins on Grant & Danny Thursday.

"It's hard to explain, just, we don't really like 'em," Smith-Pelly told 106.7 The Fan's Grant & Danny during his weekly appearance, presented by F.H. Furr. "I'll put it that way."

Smith-Pelly said there is an extra edge when facing the rival Penguins and plenty of back-and-forth between the players, especially after Tom Wilson's early fight with Jamie Oleksiak.

"You know there was a lot of chitchat going on," Smith-Pelly said. "Can't probably repeat anything that was said, but guys are chirping, guys are yelling at each other, there is a genuine dislike."

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby accused Wilson of instigating the fight with Oleksiak. Smith-Pelly saw it differently.

"I don't know, when you see your teammate, what happened to him... you kinda want to step-up for (Oleksiak), I guess. But he was a willing participant," Smith-Pelly said. "He took a pretty big run at (Matt Niskonin) there. He turned, he threw the first punch, he was ready. So we have no problems with the way the fight started."

"They both obliged, so they can say whatever they want, you know, sooner or later that was probably gonna have to happen and it happened right away," Smith-Pelly said.

Smith-Pelly says he knew of Penguins GM Jim Rutherford's comments when he said, Wilson "couldn't run quick enough to get away from" a challenge by Oleksiak during the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

"I don't want to say everyone knew (about Rutherford's comments)," Smith-Pelly said. "But Willy knew, I'm sure the majority of guys knew." 

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