Wilson received a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct for the hit. The video of the hit is difficult to watch without cringing.
The Flyers proceeded to score twice on the power play to break a 2-2 tie and ultimately put the game out of reach.
Most people agreed that Wilson's hit was dirty given the distance he traveled on the ice to get to Schenn and his acceleration once he got near the vulnerable Flyer.
However, the Capitals didn't see anything wrong at all with Wilson's hit.
“I thought it was a clean hit, I really do," said Capitals head coach Adam Oates. "I watched it live, I saw it on the jumbotron, I watched it again between periods. He had changed, he went across the ice, he slowed down, saw Schenn come out of the pile with the puck, took two quick strides, Schenn saw him at the last second and he hit him in the arm. He’s a big strong guy. He hit him hard, yeah, to me it’s a clean hit. I don’t think it’s a penalty at all.”
Washington's captain seemed to be on the same page as the head coach.
"To be honest with you, I don't think it was a dirty play," explain Alex Ovechkin. "He saw the hit coming, he turned, and Willy (Tom Wilson) is a big boy.
"It's always dangerous out there, it's hockey. When you get hit, you have to be ready, especially at the boards. I don't think he was ready, I think he was going to turn, but Willy just finished his check."
Even Capitals general manager George McPhee told CSN Washington it was a "great hit."
Flyers head coach Craig Berube saw it differently, "It’s a tough, reckless play a hit from behind."
Honestly, I don't really know how that can be a "great hit" by any stretch of the imagination. Yes, Schenn saw him coming and turned in an attempt to protect himself which is why it wasn't boarding. But Wilson comes from the bench and accelerates as he gets close to Schenn who is away from the boards. That's clear-cut charging. The NHL Rule book 42.1 Charging reads:
"Charging shall mean the actions of a player who, as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check an opponent in any manner. A 'charge' may be the result of a check into the boards, into the goal frame or in open ice."
The league has been crystal clear about trying to eliminate dangerous hits like these and this one was unnecessary.
It wouldn't be a surprise is Wilson has a phone hearing with NHL Department of Player Safety czar Brendan Shanahan.
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