Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo could be spending the night in a Boston area hospital after being on the receiving end of a headshot from Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson in the waning minutes of the first period of his team’s 5-1 win.
Tom Wilson hits Brandon Carlo up high.
Carlo needs help getting off the ice. pic.twitter.com/RgACye1H7l
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) March 6, 2021
“Well listen, it’s a fast game; they play hard, we play hard,” Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “But I mean you can see it, he clearly hit him in the head. Brandon’s in an ambulance; goes to a hospital obviously from that hit. It clearly looked like to me he got him right in the head. It’s a defenseless player and predatory hit from a player that’s done that before.”
Shockingly, there was no penalty on Wilson or his teammate Jakub Vrana, who crosschecked Carlo after he was already crouched down in pain immediately following the hit.
“So, I don’t understand why there wasn’t a penalty called on the ice,” a flabbergasted Cassidy said. “They huddled up but I did not get an explanation why but it’s out of our hands after that, we just gotta play hockey after that and try and stick together as a team and play the right way. Sometimes when that stuff happens and there’s no call, the players kind of settle it on the ice in their own way. We felt that we pushed back and did what we could do and won the hockey game and tried to let that particular player know that that was unnecessary. That’s how we handled it and like I said, I assume it will get looked at by the National Hockey League and they’ll make their decision.”
The Bruins handled it by scoring five straight goals and with newly acquired defenseman Jarred Tinordi dropping the gloves with Wilson 6:12 into the second period.
Carlo’s teammates weren’t done though with exacting retribution as for the second time this season, Boston Bruins forward Trent Frederic did the dance with Wilson 1:12 into the third period.