Two days after the Capitals ended the Pittsburgh’s title defense and eight days after Tom Wilson ended Zach Aston-Reese‘s season, the Penguins performed the yearly ritual that is miserable for all but one team each year: exit interviews.
Aston-Reese, injured on a controversial hit from Wilson that cost the Caps forward three games, answered questions about his recovery from a broken jaw and concussion.
According to Aston-Reese, Wilson has not reached out to him following the incident.
ZAR is speaking as well as possible.
• Diet is all liquid for a while
• Thought Caps were taunting him on bench but said it was “heat of the moment”
• Wilson did not reach out to him
• Concussion is doing better
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) May 9, 2018
He also talked about the moments after the hit, saying he thought the Caps were taunting him. He threw his glove at Brooks Orpik on the Washington bench, but explained the high emotions on both sides as “heat of the moment.”
Aston-Reese said he is currently on a liquid diet for his broken jaw.
Aston-Reese on his diet right now: “Just soups, and smoothies, (smiles) and ice cream.” pic.twitter.com/0jtYhTVT1L
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 9, 2018
The Penguins’ rookie was frustrated with the timing of the injury.
Aston-Reese, who's on a soup, smoothie and ice cream diet with his wired jaw: "It was definitely frustrating. I was just coming back into my game, getting the hesitation out of it."
— Angie (@acarducci) May 9, 2018
Aston-Reese is getting better after his injury. It will be good to see him back on the ice next year.
Zach Aston-Reese, swollen jaw and all.
His diet right now?
“Just soups and smoothies. And ice cream. Lots of ice cream.” pic.twitter.com/ZlUk9bUcau
— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) May 9, 2018
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