Capitals winger Wilson avoids suspension for Marchessault hit
Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson is not going to be suspended for Monday night time’s Recreation 1 hit on Vegas Golden Knights ahead Jonathan Marchessault, the NHL’s Division of Participant Security advised ESPN.
Per ESPN, the league made the choice with out a listening to, figuring out that the hit was late however not egregiously so. The league additionally famous Wilson didn’t make contact to Marchessault’s head, and that the hit got here inside regular circulate of the sport, relatively than in a retaliatory method.
With the sport tied 4-Four within the third interval, Wilson leveled Marchessault from the aspect with an open-ice physique test by way of the torso, a second or two after Marchessault had handed the puck forward into the Capitals’ zone. The Vegas ahead didn’t see the hit coming as he watched the play forward of him.
Marchessault, who leads the crew in objectives (8) and factors (19) within the postseason after ending second with 75 regular-season factors, remained down on the ice for a minute and went by way of concussion protocol earlier than returning to the sport.
Wilson was given a minor penalty for interference, with Golden Knights winger David Perron drawing an identical minor for cross-checking.
“I noticed the hit. I bear in mind every thing,” Marchessault mentioned after the sport. “It was a late hit. I don’t really want to speak extra about it. I believe the league will handle it.”
“It was a late blindside hit like Wilson all the time does,” Vegas ahead Ryan Reaves added.
Wilson, who was suspended three video games earlier this postseason for a success that broke Penguins ahead Zach Aston-Reese’s jaw, referred to as the play a “good, clear hit” and a part of “playoff hockey.”
“There are going to be hits,” Wilson mentioned. “It’s a contact sport. That’s all that I noticed.
“…He’d in all probability say he shouldn’t admire his go. I’m simply ending my test. I haven’t slowed it down. I’ve been advised that we’re speaking tenths [of a second] right here. I believe it’s recreation pace, and I delivered it in good time.”
Wilson was additionally suspended two video games within the preseason and 4 video games through the common season for hits in opposition to the St. Louis Blues that have been deemed egregious by the NHL.
“Once you play my bodily type, you’re going to have that fame,” he mentioned. “I belief myself.”
Regardless of Wilson’s go-ahead aim — the Capitals’ fourth — early within the third interval, the Golden Knights prevailed 6-Four in Recreation 1 to take a 1-Zero lead within the best-of-seven collection. Recreation 2 is Wednesday night time in Las Vegas.
—Discipline Stage Media