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BOSTON– Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson is a former first-round draft pick, a player who can score, defend teammates, and impact the game with bone-crunching hits. He also has a problem with crossing the line from legal to illegal hits and appeared to do more than just flirt with that line again on Sunday against the Boston Bruins.

His rap sheet is well known in the NHL disciplinary offices and his hit on Sunday may get a review. He was suspended earlier this season for seven games after boarding Boston defenseman Brandon Carlo, who was hospitalized following the hit.

Though Wilson was having none of that talk after the East Division matinee. According to Washington Post reporter Samantha Pell, Wilson was indignant following the game.

“Are we serious? I’m not even going to talk about it. It’s a nothing play. He’s fine. That’s it,” Wilson retorted.

In the third period of the Capitals vs. Boston Bruins, Wilson made a beeline for Boston forward Sean Kuraly, who was in a vulnerable position. Kuraly did spin off a defender and pushed the puck to the corner a moment before. The hit was not late, and Wilson had every right and responsibility to hit Kuraly as he spun to the slot.

It’s how Wilson delivered the hit that riled up Boston.

In the replay, watch Wilson go straight for Kuraly who already low. Wilson made contact with Kuraly’s head, which forced Kuraly to leave the game.

 

The Boston Bruins were not happy and defenseman Jared Tinordi quickly went after Tom Wilson. It was the second or third questionable hit that the Capitals delivered on Sunday, and a couple more followed. Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy wasn’t happy about Alex Ovechkin’s pop on Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy in the second period.

“There’s a lot going on. It’s physical games with (Washington),” said Cassidy. “There was actually a hit with (Charlie) McAvoy at the end of the second that was more bothersome. He’s up against the boards and (Ovechkin) made contact with the head. And there was one on (Steve) Kampfer in the first period that was late. Those are the ones that bother you.”

Kuraly left the game with assistance after Wilson’s hit and appeared woozy. Kuraly was able to return later in the third period.

NBC color analyst Edie Olczyk absolved Wilson of wrongdoing, too.

“Was he coming over to hit (Kuraly)? Absolutely,” Olczyck said during the broadcast. “Kuraly ends up going down, and (Wilson) ends up getting him with an elbow? A forearm? …(Wilson) is in a tough spot there.”

While Kuraly was falling, perhaps Tom Wilson also took advantage of the situation rather than pulling up on a defenseless opponent, too.

Referees appeared to lose control of the game later in the third period. Washington grinder Garnet Hathaway boarded Tinordi into the corner boards. The hit left Tinordi dazed and bloodied. Referees used video review to issue Hathaway a boarding major and game misconduct.

Boston won the game 6-3. 

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Wesley116
Wesley116
3 months ago

I can’t honestly say what I think of Wilson on this venue. One of us has to be a gentleman, and it ain’t him.

PensFan62
PensFan62
3 months ago

The Capitals have become the Flyers – ‘F’ Street Bullies or better Thugs.

chase ranson
chase ranson
3 months ago

He is a goon if Pens play them he will pummel them in playoffs as they just look at him and do nothing but Pens have speed ???

Jay95
Jay95
3 months ago
Reply to  chase ranson

The Pens have played fine against him on so many occasions. Boston has the supposed “grit” that the Pens lack and it’s doing nothing to protect their players.

In the playoffs he will hit, and the Pens will respond like they have been…beating the Caps. Also, he won’t be around for an entire series if he keeps going dirty.

Charlestongirl
Charlestongirl
3 months ago

Any independent thinker who saw that “hit” unfold could see that Wilson tried to shift gears and avoid the fallen player. Those critical of him are biased.

Dan Kingerski
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Charlestongirl

Any independent thinker would also acknowledge Wilson used his forearm or elbow, as noted on the broadcast, and leaned into the hit. In the NFL, that’s 15 yards. It’s probably not a penalty in the NHL because the player fell, but that’s also a hit the NHL must clean up because the aggressor had time to handle it differently.

Bachinga
Bachinga
3 months ago
Reply to  Charlestongirl

Case in point…

It was clearly a dirty marginal hit…and he didn’t try to shift anything…

Eric
Eric
3 months ago

As much as I despise Wilson and the Caps this his was not bad, and quite possibly been a lot worse.

Alan Smith
Alan Smith
3 months ago
Reply to  Eric

Gee cheap shots are okay I guess. Wilson stinks! Notice Malkin hasn’t played for three weeks since the Boston cheap shot on him! If you can’t beat them hit them! Great for the sport! How about Wilson and Tonardi try their cheap crap out on the NFL players! That is where they belong! Goons ruin the great sport of the NHL!

amos burton
amos burton
3 months ago

He choose to travel a decent distance to glide into Kuraly and used his elbow to hit Kuraly’s head ok so Sean wasn’t injured too badly and maybe it wasn’t as bad as some of the other goonery by Troglodyte Wilson. Just another day at the office for this POS

Bob Scuzzarella
Bob Scuzzarella
3 months ago

I’m a Bruins fan, and am telling ya, leave this guy alone, he plays hard, I don’t feel he’s dirty, maybe questionable at times but what hard players aren’t. Would love to have him on my team. Just think back to Neely or Orielly, don’t ya think they got questioned at times. Wilson is old time hockey, and the game needs him.

Alan Smith
Alan Smith
3 months ago

You already have enough goons of your own. They can’t pass, they can’t skate either. Tonordi bleeding was the best thing I saw all weekend. No talent but plenty of goon in the Gouins!

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[…] Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson is a former first-round draft pick, a player who can score, defend teammates, and impact the game with bone-crunching hits. He also has a problem with crossing the line from legal to illegal hits and appeared to do more than just flirt with that line again on Sunday against the Boston Bruins. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now) […]

Alan Smith
Alan Smith
3 months ago

Wilson ruins the game of hockey! Never a hit the opposite player see coming! Always a cheap blindside intentional cheap shot! Most fans and players would like to see him banned from the sport!

Bachinga
Bachinga
3 months ago

Nothing is going to change as long as morons *absolve* Wilson of his hits…to this day I believe half the hockey world is fine with Wilson’s targeting of ZAR’s head…

Bill Dev
Bill Dev
3 months ago

I don’t understand why hockey people continue to defend this guy. His intent is obvious, and doesn’t belong in the game.

Michael McCreary
Michael McCreary
3 months ago

They need to throw this Asshole out of the league before he seriously hurts someone and destroys their career. 2

crazyhorse87
crazyhorse87
3 months ago

He’s fine, that’s it, says a lot about the guy. He could’ve been sincere and say ” I hope he’s okay “.

Bob
Bob
3 months ago

Nothing controversial about “hit” it was absolutely nothing.
Silly column!!!

Mke
Mke
3 months ago

Cassidy also addressed the Kuraly hit saying it was a tough one there to avoid because of Kuraly falling etc. From a Bruins fan, I habe no issue with that incident between Wilson and Kuraly at all. Searching hard for stories it seems

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