The NHL Player Safety Department has made its decision.
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been suspended for seven games as a result of a dangerous blow to Boston defender Bruins Brandon Carlo from Friday night’s game at TD Garden.
The league announced its decision late Saturday night. Wilson’s virtual trial took place earlier in the evening.
Wilson hits Carlo high while the 24-year-old defender is in a vulnerable position. Carlo left the game and didn’t come back. He was taken to a local hospital and released Saturday morning. His status for Sunday’s game against the New Jersey Devils and beyond is uncertain now.
Wilson is no stranger to the discipline of the league’s Player Safety Department. This is the fifth suspension of his career. This is his first ban since the 2018-19 pre-season when he was suspended 20 games (reduced to 14 after an appeal) for hitting St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist.
The Bruins were furious at the beating. B advanced Brad Marchand describes it as “bulls – t” during a break interview with NESN, and followed the head coach of the match Bruce Cassidy called it “predatory attack from players who’ve done that before.”
“I think we still hope (Wilson will play Sunday),” Laviolette told reporters. “I mean, for me, it was hockey. If this is a game that can be suspended then all punches really have to be taken out because he’s not taking any steps, he’s not targeting the head, a player against the board, he’s straight and Tom hits him hard.
“I hope the player is all right, but, for me, that call I think was right on the ice last night. This attack happened many times during a game where someone hit someone to the board and so I think we still hope Tom will. available to us. “
The Bruins and Capitals will play four more times during the regular season. The next two fights – April 8 and 11 – will take place in Washington.