Nine games after returning from a 20-game suspension (that was ultimately reduced to 14 games), Tom Wilson was tossed from the Capitals’ 6-3 win against the New Jersey Friday night after another questionable hit.
Wilson was given a match penalty for clipping Brett Seney late and from behind in the shoulder. Devils head coach John Hynes thought the ejection was the right call, and team captain Andy Greene described the hit as “senseless.” Caps head coach Todd Reirden thought the ejection was due to Wilson’s reputation and the play should have resulted in no more than a two-minute minor for interference.
Saturday morning, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety ruled that Wilson would not be suspended or receive further discipline on the play.
Talking to reporters after Capitals practice, Wilson stated that while being ejected “sucked” and was “frustrating,” he had no blame for the officials trying to make the call in real time. The hit, according to Wilson, was just “a hockey play” and “a bit of a collision.”
Moving forward, Wilson said “I just have to make sure I’m doing whatever I can to avoid any type of thing that’s going to go across the league’s plate.”
“As we saw, I have to be very, very careful about any type of contact,” Wilson concluded.