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In the Capitals’ 6-4 loss in Game 1 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, right wing Tom Wilson delivered a late hit on Vegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault, one that drew the ire of the Golden Knights and many around the league.
While some called for a suspension on a hit that was nothing but late, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety decided that Wilson would not receive a hearing for the hit.
No hearing for Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson for his penalized hit on Jonathan Marchessault.
— Kevin Allen (@ByKevinAllen) May 29, 2018
After the game, Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves (who got away with a cross-check to the back of Capitals defenseman John Carrlson shortly before scoring a game-changing goal for the Golden Knights), called the hit “one that Wilson always does”, while Marchessault himself called it a blindside hit.
Wilson and Marchessault were asked about the hit following the game.
— 106.7 The Fan (@1067theFan) May 29, 2018
Jonathan Marchessault on Tom Wilson: “I saw the hit. I remember everything. It was a late hit…..the league is going to take care of it.”
— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) May 29, 2018
Wilson was suspended earlier this spring for a hit on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese, and was suspended early in the regular season and preseason for hits the NHL deemed illegal. Wilson recorded a career-high 35 points during the regular season and in 17 playoff games has 13 points (four goals, nine assists).
By Michael Fleetwood