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Another day, another idiot NHL player hitting somebody into the board from behind. This time it’s rookie Tom Wilson, 19, of the Washington Capitals. And in all likelihood, he will soon be the next player to receive a multi-game suspension from the league.
On Tuesday night in Philadelphia, with the score tied 2-2 and just under five minutes remaining in the second period, Wilson hopped onto the ice and made a bee-line for the Flyer’s Brayden Schenn, who had the puck along the boards in his own zone, and slammed him head-first into the boards.
Now, there are some people out there who will say Schenn turned toward the boards, and therefore, he is the one responsible for the severity of the hit. But that’s just silly. Yes, Schenn turns his body a bit at the last second, but he never had his back to the boards. We need to stop trying to be technical about a player’s position, analyzing the angle of his shoulders and split-second movements, and just use good old-fashioned common sense: was the guy in a vulnerable position in which a hit could cause serious injury, or not? And in this case, yes, he was.
As for Wilson, this kid knew the moment he stepped on the ice he was going to go hit the guy with the puck. He’s a forth-liner, he doesn’t get many shifts, he wanted to make an impression, and he succeeded. Impression made.
Take a look:
Tom Wilson, Brendan Shanahan is on line one.
Hat Tip – [The Nosebleeds]