Tom Wilson Suspended 3 Games

Capitals Tough Guy Pays The Price For Hit In Game 3

Eric Hagman
May 02, 2018 - 8:49 pm
Tom Wilson

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Pittsburgh (93.7 The Fan) - Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson will pay a steep price for his hit that left Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Zach Aston-Reese with a broken jaw and concussion.  Following a hearing on Wednesday, the NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Wilson for three games, beginning with Thursday's game at PPG Paints Arena.  

Wilson was not penalized for the illegal check in the second period of Washington's 4-1 game three victory.  The officials on the ice determined it was "a good clean check," according to NHL on-site supervisor Paul Devorski immediately after the game.  George Parros, the Director of Player Safety disagreed.

His ruling stated that "Wilson pivots to deliver the check with his left shoulder, then elevates up and into the hit, making the head the main point of contact and causing an injury.  This is an illegal check to the head. While some angles make it appear that Wilson does make contact with Aston-Reese's front shoulder, reverse angles show Wilson's shoulder making direct contact with the head of Aston-Reese.  Aston-Reese's head snaps backward at contact, independently of his body, in a manner consistent with other illegal checks to the head."