The news came down late Saturday night that Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson had been suspended seven games for ‘boarding’ Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo in the first period of the Bruins’ 5-1 win over the Capitals Friday night.
On Sunday morning, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy was asked if he was satisfied with the decision by the NHL Department of Player Safety?
“I don’t have enough comparables,” Cassidy replied. “I was glad they looked at it and assessed some discipline. I don’t know if satisfied is the word, but what I’m satisfied with is that I texted Brandon this morning and he’s feeling better. He’s obviously going to be out for a while but he’s feeling better. So that’s kind of where I’m at with that. As I said, the other day, I made my feelings known where I’m at with the hit, and then it goes to the player safety or the NHL Disciplinary Department and they take it from there. So, kind of moved on now and getting ready for the New Jersey Devils, and [Wilson] has his punishment to deal with.”
Carlo has two goals and one assist in 21 games this season.
Cassidy confirmed that Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Urho Vaakanainen will sub in for Carlo on the blue line and will be on the right side of the third pairing with Jarred Tinordi. Vaakanainen has two assists in four games this season.
Cassidy also told the media that defenseman Kevan Miller (knee) is skating and doing better as he tries to get back into the lineup and overcome the effects of two knee surgeries in the last year. Miller has four assists in 15 games this season for the Boston Bruins.
After Jaro Halak started Friday, Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask will get the nod between the pipes for the Bruins tonight.