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New York Islanders Daily: Tom Wilson Suspension 3 Years Too Late

UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 21: Lubomir Visnovsky #11 of the New York Islanders leaves the game after a hit by Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals during the second period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 21, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 21: Lubomir Visnovsky #11 of the New York Islanders leaves the game after a hit by Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals during the second period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 21, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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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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