Tom Wilson Not Suspended For Hit on Jonathan Marchessault

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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.

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.

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

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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