Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson could be getting a call from Brendan Shanahan.
During the second period of the Philadelphia Flyers’ eventual 5-2 victory over the Capitals, the rookie charged from the blue line to hit Flyers forward Brayden Schenn, who flew into the boards headfirst.
Wilson, who accelerated through his check, was dealt a five-minute charging major and ejected from the game.
The game was tied at the time of the incident, but Philadelphia would score twice on the power play and never look back.
Wilson was not made available to the media after the game, but Capitals coach Adam Oates deemed the hit “clean,” as did Washington GM George McPhee:
#CapitalsTalk Caps GM George McPhee tells me Tom Wilson hit on Brayden Schenn a 'great hit.'
— Chuck Gormley (@ChuckGormleyCSN) December 18, 2013
Adam Oates via CSN: "I thought it was a clean hit. I really do."
— Chris Gordon (@Chris_Gordon) December 18, 2013
“It’s a tough, reckless play, a hit from behind,” argued Flyers coach Craig Berube.
Berube said that Schenn is “OK.”
Flyers forward Jakub Voracek gave his take on the play to reporters.
“Obviously it was an ugly hit. He kind of turned into it, too, though. It’s hard to read that before the play was coming down, but he had full speed,” Voracek said. “The league’s trying to take that out of the game, so you’ve got to make sure there’s a little respect between the players there. [That hit] shouldn’t be in the game right now.”
As of Wednesday morning, there was no word whether Wilson — who has no suspension record — would be called for a hearing.
Wilson and Schenn already have a history. The two players fought in a preseason game on Sept. 27.