Another game, another big Tom Wilson hit that we’ll have to talk about for the next two days.
The target this time: Pittsburgh depth forward Zach Aston-Reese.
Let us know what you think of this one.
So Jay Beagle is flanking Aston-Reese as Wilson heads towards him, pretty quick, from the opposite direction.
Anton-Reese prepares for the hit, leading with his shoulder and turning a bit away from Wilson. They hit one another. Hard.
Here’s another look. You’re gonna need to see this from a few angles.
It’s yet another criminal headshot from Wilson, or it’s yet another hard, heavy, clean hit from a fast, physical player.
It’s undeniable that Anton-Reese’s head was hit. It was and he was bloodied. The question is whether or not it was the principal point of contact.
The officials did not think so. Much like in Game Two, they called no penalty. Caps coach Barry Trotz acknowledged as much, tapping his shoulder and saying “that’s a good hit.”
Meanwhile Wilson smiled on the bench.
During intermission, NBC analysts debated if the hit would get supplemental discipline.
“We looked at it a bunch of times and couldn’t decide,” Keith Jones said. “If I’m making that decision, I’m going to have to look at it another 20 times.”
“You’re going to have to hope they have different camera angles because none of the ones we saw were truly definitive,” Mike Milbury added. “If someone put me on the spot right now, I’d say he hit the shoulder and rode up through him, but I’m not sure.”
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