Wilson was closely criticized for slamming Pavel Buchnevich to the ice in a recreation in opposition to the New York Rangers earlier this week. In the identical recreation, simply moments after barreling over Buchnevich, he pulled Artemi Panarin to the ice, forcing the Rangers to rule him out for the rest of the season.
Wilson was hit with a mere $5,000 positive for his actions. The Rangers referred to as out the NHL and the pinnacle of the Division of Participant Security, George Parros, for not suspending Wilson, who has a historical past of soiled play leading to hurt.
After the second recreation between the 2 sides resulted in a line brawl off the first-period face-off, and issues continued to get chippy all through the sport, the Capitals dominated Wilson out with an upper-body harm, although nobody believes he was truly injured.
Wilson addressed the state of affairs for the primary time on Friday. In line with The Washington Publish:
“After the play, I might have by no means thought that each one this could have blown up,” Wilson stated, describing the scrum publicly for the primary time on Friday. “It appeared [like a] pretty routine hockey scrum to me and I believe that was form of the sensation from each gamers within the field, after which clearly it took on a brand new life after the sport.”
Wilson added that he was simply standing up for his goaltender and his “first response” was to “wrestle” the gamers going after him to the ice.
“Their man goes to our internet and kicks at our goalie and goes in there together with his stick,” Wilson stated. “At a younger age in hockey, you are taught to face up on your goalie, so that is what I used to be doing. From there, you will have guys leaping in your again and I believe anyone’s first response would strive simply to throw them off you and wrestle them right down to the ice. That is what I considered it on the time.”
Wilson has been suspended 5 instances in his eight-year NHL profession, together with as soon as earlier this season. He was suspended seven video games for boarding Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo in March.
Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette stated Tuesday that he had a dialogue with Wilson in regards to the fracas with the Rangers, saying he must be extra cautious in scrums as a result of he is such a “massive, robust” participant, per The Washington Publish.