WASHINGTON — Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson won’t face supplemental discipline for his late hit on Devils forward Brett Seney, a person with knowledge of the decision told NJ Advance Media.
Wilson was ejected for an illegal check to the head on Devils forward Brett Seney during a 6-3 Capitals win on Friday at Capital One Arena.
Playing in his 400th career game — and his ninth since returning from an early-season suspension — Wilson received a match penalty in the second period for a high, late hit on Seney, which referees ruled to be to the head.
The point of contact was debatable, and even Seney said the check got a lot of his shoulder, but the timing certainly warranted at least an interference call. Given Wilson’s history with questionable hits, it was enough to spark another controversy.
First, we’ll dive into reaction on the Wilson hit from the Devils’ and Capitals’ locker rooms, plus reaction from around the NHL. Then we’ll look at what went wrong in another loss for the Devils.
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denied on a breakaway by Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. Seney looped around and dumped the puck down low from the top of the left circle before Wilson delivered the hit.
Seney didn’t make any sudden moves in either direction after dumping the puck. He glided backward before the check sent him to the ice.
“I haven’t had a chance to look at it yet, but I wasn’t really expecting it,” Seney said. “That was kind of the main, maybe, danger there. But I don’t know necessarily if he did it on purpose or anything like that. This type of thing is going to happen in games, I guess.”