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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was penalized three games in the second round of the National Hockey League playoffs for an illegal hit on the Pittsburgh Penguins Zach Aston-Reese, but on Tuesday night, Wilson found himself on the receiving end of a high hit from Tampa Bay's Anton Stralman.
Stralman was sent to the penalty box for boarding on the play. Instead, Wilson explained that Stralman's actions fit what the Department of Player Safety deems a unsafe, and suspendible, hit. "So.it doesn't matter. It's a vulnerable position and no doubt there's contact with my head". If I'm wearing a helmet from five years ago, I think I'm probably unconscious.
"When I looked at it, I thought numbers and launching yourself in, those are two things that are red flags", Trotz said.
He said the hit included "everything I've heard all year: He sees (jersey) numbers for a good amount of time, and he elevates through the back of my shoulder and head".
"I don't really know anymore", Wilson said.
"I can tell you if it's maybe the other way around, you better believe they're looking at it and you better believe there might be a little bit more attention on it", he said.
"That's a lot of "don'ts" for me".
"If I make that hit, 100 percent, I'm probably sitting out", he said. We'll see. It's the playoffs. "I don't think he's a malicious player at all, but it's a pretty risky hit". "I think a lot of people will say that". But it's a pretty risky hit.
The game was scoreless at the time of that hit, but Tampa Bay would go on to take a 3-0 lead en route to the victory.
Wilson left the bench for the locker room briefly after the hit, but returned before the end of the period. "There's going to be emotion". "I'm just talking about it for the better of the game and for the better of player safety". During the season, Parros and Wilson met for about an hour to go over video clips of various hits so the player could understand what the league is watching for. In the Pittsburgh series, the NHL Department of Player Safety cited Wilson's launch against forward Zach Aston-Reese as a reason for his suspension.