Tom Wilson Gets Ejected from His 400th NHL Game After Another Controversial Hit

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What started as a good game in a big milestone for Tom Wilson turned bad to the point of an ejection. The Washington Capitals game against the New Jersey Devils Friday night at Capital One Arena was Wilson’s 400th NHL and Capitals game of his career. Wilson became the 40th player in franchise history to reach the milestone. The 24-year old right winger (24 years, 246 days) became the fourth-youngest Caps player to reach the 400-game mark. Continue reading “Tom Wilson Gets Ejected from His 400th NHL Game After Another Controversial Hit”

Tom Wilson’s Suspension Reduced to 14 Games, Is Eligible to Play Tonight

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Some big news came out from the NHL PR office before the Washington Capitals players even put on their pads and laced up their skates before morning skate in Minnesota. Tom Wilson, who began the season with a 20 game suspension due to a hit on St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in the preseason finale, had his suspension reduced to 14 games thanks to Arbitrator Shyam Das. He is eligible to play in tonight’s game vs. the Minnesota Wild.  Continue reading “Tom Wilson’s Suspension Reduced to 14 Games, Is Eligible to Play Tonight”

Evgeni Malkin Will Not Be Suspended for Hit on T.J. Oshie, Per Report

NHL Insider Greg Wysynski has reported that the NHL Department of Player Safety will not suspend Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin for his shoulder-to-head hit on T.J. Oshie. The injury sent Oshie to concussion protocol but he would remain in the game and score the eventual game-winning goal with 1:14 to go.  Continue reading “Evgeni Malkin Will Not Be Suspended for Hit on T.J. Oshie, Per Report”

Gary Bettman Upholds Tom Wilson’s 20-Game Suspension

After a hearing that lasted seven hours last week involving NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Washington Capitals right winger Tom Wilson involving his appeal on his 20-game suspension to start the year, Bettman announced his decision on Thursday afternoon. There will be no reduction to his suspension.  Continue reading “Gary Bettman Upholds Tom Wilson’s 20-Game Suspension”

Tom Wilson will be Suspended 20 Games to Start the Season

It’s almost like de ja vu. Last year when the Washington Capitals ended their preseason against the St. Louis Blues, Tom Wilson laid out a controversial hit that had him suspended for four games. One year later? Same deal but only a harsher punishment since he’s a repeat offender. After Wilson and general manger Brian MacLellan flew up to New York this morning for a hearing, the NHL Department of Player Safety has decided to suspend Wilson 20 games to begin the season. Continue reading “Tom Wilson will be Suspended 20 Games to Start the Season”

Capitals – Golden Knights: Game One Jitters? Simple Things to Fix.

The Capitals and Knights finally met up in Las Vegas for Game One of the Stanley Cup Final and there was little doubt that both teams were a bit on edge. They were focused, but neither team came out playing their best. In the end, Vegas took a final goal lead and closed the deal with an empty net goal, 6-4 VGK.

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In Defense of Tom Wilson

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Caps fans are still walking on air after the team finally overcame their Game 7 demons and dispatched the Lightning to advance to the fourth round, securing the team’s first shot at the Stanley Cup in 20 years.  It was a dominant performance in all aspects of the game and even the analysts who are paid to pick nits had a hard time finding much negative to say after the final horn sounded.
The one controversy swirling among the fan base today concerns the donnybrook that occurred between Tom Wilson and Braydon Coburn in the first period.  Was it a heroic showing by the team’s enforcer, standing up appropriately for Kuznetsov’s dignity and his team’s honor?  Or was it a bone-headed loss of control by a crucially important top line player who should have known better than to risk ejection in such a significant game?  The answer depends on whom you ask.

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Carlson Back (Pens Guentzel Didn’t Have a Hearing); Backstrom a Maybe GAME 6

The series between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, one of the most iconic rivalries in the NHL, just got more fuel added to its already big fire. After winning Game Five by 6-3,  Caps fan are anxiously expectant about what will happen in Game Six. But with two injuries during the game to Nick Backstrom and John Carlson, fans were a bit worried at the end of the game.

During the second round series, Tom Wilson involved himself twice in controversial hits. Though in the first occasion he wasn’t called for a hearing with the NHL Player Saftey, he couldn’t manage to escape it after his hit in Game Three. There was much discussion about whether Wilson’s hit was legal or not; it was Zach Aston-Reese who was left with a broken jaw and a concussion. That led to a three-game suspension for Wilson. Even with Willy already missing two games, the Caps are leading the series by 3-2 after beating the Penguins in Game Five.

Although the Caps walked away with a victory, Caps fans were scared after seeing what happened with Carlson and Backstrom. Nicky left the game in the third period going to its final minutes and didn’t return. Barry Trotz later said Backstrom has an upper-body injury.  As of this afternoon, Trotz has said it is a “game-time decison,” and would not comment further.

Carlson took a hard hit from Penguins’ Jake Guentzel, which Trotz called “a headshot” and a “unsuspecting, high hit.” But the NHL’s Department of Player Safety has decided not to call Guentzel for a hearing. Anyway, Carlson is expected to play tonight, since as  the nature of the hit doesn’t indicate that the injury was enough to take Carlson out of Game Six.

“John took a high hit, he was unsuspecting with a minute left. He’s being evaluated. I know the standard’s been set and I’m going to leave it up to the league. It was a headshot, in my opinion. An unsuspecting high hit.”

Both Backstrom and Carlson are important players to the Caps roster. Carlson has become the most productive defenseman during this season and a huge presence in the playoffs and this series as well. The team, which is already missing key players with the suspended Wilson and the injured Andre Burakovsky, had fans worried for a few moments about Backstrom and Carlson.

Backstrom did travel with the Caps to Pittsburgh — Burky did not.

The Caps are going to Pittsburgh for Game Six, at 7:00 PM and they’re just one game away for classifying to the Eastern Conference Final they don’t see in 20 years. As Trotz has asked; WE ARE 100% BEHIND THE CAPS!!

 

The Capitals Repeat Offender

The Washington Capitals’ 2012 1st Round Pick is a big bodied, 6 foot 4, 218 pound, 23 year-old flying wrecking ball. Tom Wilson is known for his big hits and never-back-down mentality. So far in his NHL career, he is notorious around the league for his careless hitting and his determination to play the body on his foes.

In the final preseason game in St. Louis, Tom Wilson laid a crushing check on the boards to Blues’ Forward Sam Blais. Tom Wilson was issued a boarding penalty and, after a hearing with the NHL Player Safety a four game suspension to start off the regular season. It probably did not help the NHL’s case after hearing Tom Wilson had recently served a two game suspension with an interference call against the Blues on Forward Robert Thomas. Not a good look for the Caps’ gritty Winger.

For the start of the 2017-2018 Regular season, the Caps have the intention of signing PTO Alex Chiasson to some sort of deal. He will most likely fill in for Tom Wilson on the 3rd line. They are both big power forwards that can produce gritty opportunities and points.

Tom Wilson must reform his game. He is currently under then NHL’s microscope and can not afford another bad hit like the previous two. Not only is it hurting the team, but it could potentially hurt his career with the Caps.

Caps Almost Make Comback–Can they Tonight?

With the series tied 1-1, the teams traveled to Pittsburgh for Games 3 and 4. Caps were without defenseman Brooks Orpik who was suspended three games for his late hit on Olli Maata during Game 2. Caps planned on a comeback win but it was not to be, in large part because of the Pens new Super Goalie.

The game got dirty early and pretty much stayed that way. With the Pens hottest defense player, Kris Letang, suspended for one game, the Caps have a chance to even the score. Lets take a look back at what happened. And check here for what we think should happen tonight.

First Period: Dirty hockey

The Capitals did not need any time to find their legs in this game. Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie each had great chances on goaltender Matt Murray early in the first. The Capitals were getting the better chances and testing Murray but it was the Penguins who would score first, Patric Hornqvist’s fourth of the playoffs.A minute later, Tom Kuhnhackl doubled the Penguins’ lead on a weird bounce.

Kris Letang laid a dangerous late hit to the head of Marcus Johansson, who went to the Capitals’ locker room and did not return for the rest of the period. Social media lit up on that one, calling for retaliatory suspension after the Orpik suspension. Lots of tweets were sent to Player Safety on this one!

The Capitals finally got their first full power play of the game… and Justin Williams rang the post. After one period, the Boyz from Washington trailed Pittsburgh 2-o.

Second Period: More of the same

Johansson returned to the Capitals bench for the second, which was good to see. Marcus legally hit Letang later in the period and he ended the game with nine hits himself. Mojo was out of practice on Tuesday and a game-time decision for Wednesday night.

The Capitals dominated the period, but just could not get the puck past Murray.

Justin Williams was hurting on the bench after getting a stick to the ribs by Chris Kunitz. Puck luck was on the Penguins’ side as the puck went off Nate Schmidt’s skate and into the goal. The Capitals trailed the Penguins 3-0 after two periods even though they outshot them 28-14.

Third Period: Almost

The Capitals needed a huge third period to pull even with the Penguins and they almost did it. Head coach Barry Trotz shuffled the lines, the first line was Ovechkin with Kuznetsov and Johansson.

The period had more frustrating hockey but Ovi got the Capitals on the board with about 12 minutes left–plenty enough time to score right???

A few minutes later, Ovechkin almost got his second of the night but still could not get the puck past Murray. With 58 seconds left, Justin Williams knocked into an Ovechkin shot to bring the Capitals within one, but that was as good as it got.

Ultimately 49 shots, 85 shot attempts and two goals were not enough for the road team as they fell 3-2. The Capitals are now down 2-1 in the series but this was not a completely bad game for the road guys.

Game 4 is on Wednesday at 8pm at Consol Energy Center. Game 5 will be back home.