LAS VEGAS – The winger of the Washington Capitals, Tom Wilson, defended his controversial hit on Jonathan Marchessault, the Golden Knight of Vegas Golden Knights, in The third round of the game 1 Stanley Cup final, said it was "a good clean hit" in "Playoff Hockey."
Marchessault, as well as Vegas teammates, took offense at the game and hoped the league will review for complementary discipline.
With the result of 4-4, Wilson put Marchessault on open ice, which moved the Vegas Bank. The referees crowded, but decided not to impose a major penalty, instead giving Wilson two minutes for the disruption. Vegas winger David Perron also received a two-minute minor to compensate for penalties.
Vegas won 6-4 to take a 1
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"I've seen the hit, I remember everything," said Marchessault, who went through a concussion protocol, but returned the game. "It was a late hit, I really do not have to talk about it anymore, I think the league will take care of it, we know what kind of player he's out there, you have to hold your head up and try to make it." I did not play the game, I was a bit late, but whatever.
Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said the coaching staff was "upset about it. It was a great success. "Gallant called Wilson an" old-school player, "but said," For me, it was a late hit. "
Golden Knights Four-Boomer Ryan Reaves added," It was a later blind Hit like Wilson always does. "19659005] Afterwards, Wilson saw no problem with the play.
" There will be hits, "Wilson said," This is a contact sport. That's all I've seen. "
Capitals coach Barry Trotz said he believes Wilson will play in Game 2.
Marchessault described the game from his point of view:" I have the puck, I try to make the game, I see through [Reilly Smith and William Karlsson]a few seconds pass, and I just become blind. I'm not a guy making those decisions, but I'm sure the league will take care of that. "
Wilson's attitude:" He would probably say he should not admire his passport. I'm finishing my check right now. I did not slow him down. I was told it was us, I think it's game speed, and I delivered it on time. I think he has eased a bit because he did not know that I was there. I finished it through his body. He might have been a bit surprised, but it was not an aggressive punch. He looked good in the end when he shouted at me from the bench.
Wilson was banned for three games in Washington's second round agai Pittsburgh Penguins for a strike that broke the jaw of Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese .Wilson is considered a repeat offender after suffering a late strike St. Louis Blues rookie Robert Thomas suspended two preseason games and was banned after boarding Blues striker Sammy Blais for the first four regular season games.
"You always have your reputation," Wilson said. "If you say so physical style, you will have that reputation. I trust myself. I play the game hard. It is my job to bring that energy, this physicality. Right after he got up he said "good shot". "It's the Stanley Cup Final out there, there will be hits, it looked good to me."
The Department of Player Safety reviews every hit from every game. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Las Vegas.