Tom Wilson was finally suspended for a cheap shot from Game 3 on Zach Aston-Reese, for New York Islanders fans it’s three years too late.
Tom Wilson is a dirty player. To anyone who is not a Capitals fan it’s quite clear, the former first-round pick brings nothing of value other than his hits and fighting ability. The New York Islanders know this quite well.
In Game 3 of the Pittsburgh and Washington series, Tom Wilson laid a hit on Zach Aston-Reese. He definitely came up high, even though it was unclear if he hit his head or shoulder, but the end result was a broken jaw and concussion for Aston-Reese.
The hit yielded a suspension from the league for three games, meaning Wilson won’t be eligible to play in the series unless it goes to a seventh game. Finally, justice is served, for the first time in his career, Tom Wilson was suspended for a hit.
For Islander fans, this suspension is three years too late. In Game 4 of their series against Washington in 2015, Tom Wilson ended the career of Lubomir Visnovsky:
Wilson left his feet and absolutely leveled poor Lubo, who already missed time that year for a concussion. Visnovsky would never play in the NHL again after that hit.
It’s nice that he was finally held responsible for a dirty hit, but as most of the NHL knows already he’s been getting away with it for years. Hopefully, now the league watches Wilson with a closer eye.
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