Tom Wilson was ejected from the Capitals’ 6-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils for a late, blindside hit on Brett Seney.
Saturday morning, the Department of Player Safety determined that Wilson would not be suspended or face further discipline.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was asked for his reaction on the Wilson news from Pittsburgh media after practice Saturday.
— Chris Bradford (@PghBradford) December 1, 2018
“I didn’t know [the non-suspension news],” Crosby said. “I saw the hit quickly last night. I didn’t see that he hit him in the head or anything. There’s not much to say. They took a close look at it. It is what it is.”
Crosby likely was asked by media for his thoughts on the hit because he had strong words for Wilson after the Capitals forward was suspended 20 games for a head shot on Oskar Sundkvist.
Sidney Crosby on Tom Wilson's hit and suspension: “We talk about this a lot with him. He still chooses to make those hits. I’m sure the league is well-aware of that.” pic.twitter.com/z4cSl5xc9S
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“We’ve talked about it a lot with him. He still chooses to make those hits,” Crosby said. “I’m sure the league is well aware of that. Not the first time we’re talking about a hit that he made. For whatever reason, he still decides to do that.
“You always feel for the guy, regardless of if you play with him or not. But you also understand that there are instances where guys get hit and it’s part of the game, it happens fast, their intent’s not there,” Crosby said of Sundqvist. “But when a guy does it a handful of times you start to question what the intent is. I think that’s probably why you feel stronger about certain incidents than others. The fact that we play them a lot, and we just came off of a playoff series where we lost two guys because of a hit like that, I think it’s probably a little more fresh in your mind.”
Wilson also concussed and broke Zach Aston-Reese’s jaw during the Capitals-Penguins second-round series last May.
Wilson and Crosby have had several run-ins on the ice as well.
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