The NHL is still reacting to another cheap shot from Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson, with the Boston Bruins and defenseman Brandon Carlo as the unwitting victims this time around. Credit the Bruins for reacting in the proper way with big defenseman Jared Tinordi and rookie Trent Frederic both responding by dropping the gloves in the aftermath, and with Patrice Bergeron confronting Wilson following the first intermission.
The other message was on the scoreboard where the B’s banded together to win the game for Carlo and torched the Capitals by a 5-1 score in a rare blowout win over their adversaries from Washington. The latest is that Wilson will have an “in-person” hearing on Zoom with the NHL Department of Player Safety and that means the league is looking at a suspension of five plus games for the notoriously dirty Wilson.
And that Carlo was released from the hospital on Saturday morning after saying overnight, per Bruce Cassidy.
My question in all this: What were referees Dean Morton and Pierre Lambert looking at during Friday night’s game?
Maybe they weren’t sure exactly what Wilson was guilty of, as Player Safety came down with a boarding finding for his upcoming supplemental discipline.
But isn’t plays like the Wilson hit on Carlo exactly what the “intent to injure” match penalty was made for? Just look at Wilson’s actions prior to the hit when he was chasing around Trent Frederic and then his stick high up in the air as he lowered the boom on Carlo’s head plastered against the boards.
Wilson wasn’t even attempting to make a play on the puck. It was a “bullshit hit” as Brad Marchand called it on NESN between the first and second periods, and it has no place in the National Hockey League.
So at least they got it right on Saturday morning after Morton and Lambert royally screwed things up, and lost control of the game, in Friday night’s slugfest between the Bruins and Capitals.
Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*Jim Benning met with the Vancouver Canucks media on Friday and some of the excuses behind the Canucks struggles this season didn’t go over too well. I like Benning a lot personally, so I hope they bounce back for his sake. (Daily Hive)
*What in the wide world of sports is going on with Martin Jones in San Jose? Boy, are the Bruins lucky they didn’t decide to keep him and trade Tuukka. (San Jose Hockey Now)
*Speaking of GM meetings with the media, Kevyn Adams was doing the same thing in Buffalo amidst another disastrous season with the Sabres. (Buffalo News)
*It’s crazy to fight Zdeno Chara once. So, can you believe somebody can tell the tale about why they fought him twice in the came game? Georges Laraque can do that.
— Dropping the Gloves (@dropping_gloves) March 6, 2021
*Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin is ready to return to the lineup for the Pens, and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Kingerski says his presence is a huge one. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
*Vladimir Tarasenko returns from his shoulder woes, but there is caution that there might not be a next time if his shoulder is damaged again. (The Athletic)
*The Bruins released all the necessary info on how to get tickets for home games at TD Garden with a reduced capacity (12 percent) beginning on March 23 against the Islanders. (Boston Hockey Now)
*For something completely different: This bathroom in a New York without any actual walls in an open floor plan is something else. And by something else, I mean pretty terrible. (New York Post)