Capitals Tom Wilson Called For Hit to the Head, Ejected From Capitals’ Game Against the Devils

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Since returning to the Capitals’ lineup 10 games ago, right wing Tom Wilson has recorded 13 points (seven goals, six assists) and has been arguably, the team’s best player after serving 14 of a 20-game suspension for a hit to the head of St. Louis Blues skater Oskar Sundqvist during the preseason. And while everything has been going smoothly for Wilson so far, he may be in hot water with the NHL yet again.

In the closing minutes of the second period of the Capitals’ Friday night game against the New Jersey Devils, Wilson was ejected from the game with a match penalty and five-minute major for what the referees deemed an illegal check to the head of New Jersey’s Brett Seney. The hit can be seen below:

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First Look

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Second Look

Because Wilson received a match penalty, he will be suspended pending an official review by the National Hockey League. Given that Wilson was handed a 20-game suspension earlier this season, it’s likely the NHL’s Department of Player Safety will take a long look at this hit. The Capitals managed to kill of the five-minute major. Wilson scored an early second period shorthanded goal to extend his goal-scoring streak to five games.

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. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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11 Responses to Capitals Tom Wilson Called For Hit to the Head, Ejected From Capitals’ Game Against the Devils

  1. Anonymous says:

    BS

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  2. Anonymous says:

    There to hard on Wilson let him play his game

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  3. TK says:

    That was BS Willy didnt even hit him in the head it was shoulder to shoulder contact.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Bullshit call 2min penalty at the most nhl has it out for Wilson and the CAPS!!!!! Oshi got slammed and nothing was done but win Wilson try’s to avoid a hit they call him for a major!!!! NHL is becoming a joke

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  7. Sarah Bennett says:

    Stupid hit but the Devil’s certainly played it up – great exaggeration!

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  8. Kim says:

    Wilson tried to avoid the hit and there was NO contact to the head! Shoulder on shoulder. There better not be any further action taken since the call on the ice was excessive as well as wrong!

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  9. Kim says:

    And one more thing… Major penalties with ejections should be reviewed by the league prior to the player leaving the ice. This was such a bad call, it is ridiculous!

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