WASHINGTON (AP) For higher or for worse, Washington Capitals ahead Tom Wilson is an professional in relation to realizing what the NHL seems for when punishing somebody for a harmful hit, and he thinks Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman might be in bother.
Wilson, who served a three-game suspension earlier this postseason, spoke out about the best way Stralman slammed him into the glass within the first interval of what become a Four-2 victory for Tampa Bay over Washington in Game Three of the Eastern Conference remaining on Tuesday evening.
Stralman was despatched to the penalty field for boarding on the play.
“It’s a vulnerable position. There’s no doubt there’s contact with my head. If I’m wearing a helmet from five years ago, I think I’m probably unconscious. So we’ll see what they say,” Wilson stated, referring to the opportunity of the league’s division of participant security reviewing the matter.
On the play, Wilson was dealing with the glass not too far from the Capitals’ bench when Stralman hit him from behind. Wilson dropped to the ice and put his proper glove to his helmet.
After the sport, which allowed the Lightning to chop their sequence deficit to 2-1, Wilson talked in regards to the “goose egg on the side of my head” and acknowledged, “It took me a little bit to collect myself.”
He stated the hit included “everything I’ve heard all year: He sees (jersey) numbers for a good amount of time, and he elevates through the back of my shoulder and head.”
Capitals coach Barry Trotz referred to these as “red flags,” and added, “I understand where Tom’s coming from, no question.”
“That’s a lot of ‘don’ts’ for me. From what they’ve been telling me, that’s a lot of ‘don’ts.’ If I make that hit, 100 percent I’m probably sitting out. So we’ll see. It’s playoffs. It’s an intense time of year,” Wilson stated. “I don’t think he’s a malicious player, at all. But it’s a pretty dangerous hit. I think a lot of people will say that.”
The recreation was scoreless on the time of that hit, however Tampa Bay would go on to take a Three-Zero lead en path to the victory. Wilson thought that Stralman’s play may need set a tone that affected the best way play went.
“(When) someone gets run from behind, for the next couple shifts, you might be a little more tentative coming back for pucks,” Wilson stated. “We’ve got to play through it. There’s going to be emotion.”
Senior vp of participant security George Parros was at Tuesday’s recreation. During the season, Parros and Wilson met for about an hour to go over video clips of varied hits so the participant may perceive what the league is waiting for.
During Washington’s elimination of two-time reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh within the second spherical of the playoffs, Wilson missed three video games after breaking Penguins rookie Zach Aston-Reese’s jaw in a violent collision.
Wilson additionally was compelled to take a seat out two preseason video games following a late hit on an opponent, then was suspended for the primary 4 video games of the common season for boarding a participant shortly after his return.
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