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Tom Wilson was dealt a seven-game suspension Saturday by George Parros and the NHL Department Of Player Safety, after his vicious, high hit on Brandon Carlo sent the Boston Bruins defenseman to hospital on Friday.
No penalty was called on the play, despite Carlo remaining down for several minutes and needing to be helped off the ice. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said after the game that Carlo was taken to hospital in an ambulance.
Carlo was thankfully released on Saturday morning but remains out indefinitely, according to Cassidy.
“He’s obviously going to be out for a while,” Cassidy said, noting Carlo was "feeling better."
Things went sideways in a hurry on Friday between Boston and Washington in their first meeting since Alex Ovechkin's nasty spear to the groin of Trent Frederic, and at the center of it all was a man all too familiar with life at the bottom of the deep fryer, as Tom Wilson went full grease mode with this nasty run at Carlo.
Tom Wilson hits Brandon Carlo up high.
Carlo needs help getting off the ice. pic.twitter.com/RgACye1H7l
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) March 6, 2021
As Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman pointed out, Wilson had — albeit limited — options in fighting the NHL's ruling. The suspension, which was handed down following his Zoom hearing, was the fifth of his career.
Couple of notes about Wilson: has right (if he wishes) to appeal to commissioner, and to independent arbitrator if he does not like that ruling. Also: boarding suspensions trend lower than Rule 48 suspensions. This is second-highest in recent memory (8 for Zac Rinaldo in 2015)
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 7, 2021
Cassidy was understandably enraged when asked immediately after the game on Friday about his thoughts on Wilson's hit.
"You can see it. ... He hits him in the head. Predatory hit from the player that's done that before."
Carlo's Bruins teammates shared the exact sentiment of their coach, too, with Brad Marchand absolutely blasting Wilson during a first-period intermission interview.
Wilson was also forced to answer the bell physically in a big way, scrapping newly-acquired Bruins blueliner Jarred Tinordi in a lengthy slugfest in the second period, and then going toe-to-toe with the aforementioned Frederic, who literally would not take no for an answer after the runaround Ovechkin put the rookie through last game.
Suffice to say Wilson's hit fired the Bruins up just a wee bit, as Boston just dummied the Caps from the second period on, winning 5-1.
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