Tom Wilson, the Capitals forward who has been suspended a number of times for dirty hits, knocked the Bruins’ Anton Blidh out of the game Thursday night in the first period.
Blidh was down on the ice for about a minute and had to be helped back to the Bruins’ locker room.
Wilson was not penalized, and his hit was described on the game broadcast as being a clean, strong hit.
“Neither player elevated, the hands were low. I mean, frankly, we need more of those hits in this game. Crowd gets into it, that’s what hockey’s all about,” ESPN rules analyst and former NHL official Dave Jackson said, according to USA Today.
Wilson has previously been suspended five times by the NHL, including a seven-game ban last season for a dirty head shot on Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo.
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