Capitals’ Tom Wilson faces hearing after sending Bruins’ Brandon Carlo to hospital with crushing hit into boards
Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo was required to the medical facility Friday night after a difficult hit into the boards by Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson.
The hit happened with less than 2 minutes left in the very first duration as Carlo and Washington’s Jakub Vrana opted for the puck behind the Bruins web. Carlo right away got his head after the check from Wilson and remained down. He appeared stunned as he was assisted off the ice to the dressing space.
No charge was gotten in touch with the play or throughout the occurring scrum. However the NHL Gamer Security department tweeted Saturday that it has actually used Wilson an in-person hearing through Zoom. That might suggest a suspension of a minimum of 5 video games.
“Brando had his head down in the corner and (Wilson) took a liberty on a guy that was in a vulnerable spot,” Bruins forward Brad Marchand told NESN during an intermission of Boston’s 5-1 win. “So that’s a (expletive) cheap shot there and we lost a great player.”
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Carlo was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
“It clearly looked to me that he got him right in the head, a defenseless player, a predatory hit from a player (Wilson) that’s done that before,” Cassidy stated.
Capitals coach Peter Laviolette disagreed with the Bruins’ evaluation.
“I saw the hit,” he said. “His feet were on the ice, he remained down with whatever. It simply appeared like a difficult hit in the corner. Not precisely sure what took place, however to me, it appeared like simply a hit.”
Wilson has a history of suspensions, including one for 20 games for an illegal hit to the head of Oskar Sundqvist during the 2018-19 preseason. That was his fourth suspension in 105 games. The suspension was reduced to 14 games on appeal, and Wilson changed his style of checking afterward.
Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron talked to Wilson on the bench at the beginning of the second period.
A little more than six minutes into the second period, Boston’s Jarred Tinordi fought Wilson. Then early in the third period, Boston’s Trent Frederic started a fight with Wilson off a faceoff, receiving an instigator penalty.
The Bruins and Capitals were facing each other for the second consecutive game, and the first one was also very physical. Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was fined $5,000 for spearing Frederic in that contest.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tom Wilson’s hit forces Brandon Carlo out of Capitals-Bruins game
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.