UPDATE: The NHL actually suspended Tom Wilson. He will miss the next three games after his hit to the head of Pittsburgh forward Zach Aston-Reese.
Washingtons Tom Wilson suspended three games for an illegal check to the head on Pittsburghs Zach Aston-Reese. https://t.co/rrZ8Hp3XkE— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) May 2, 2018
It's getting difficult to keep track of Tom Wilson's hits-to-the-head resume.
Entering the Stanley Cup playoffs, he already carried "repeat offender" status with the NHL's Department of Player Safety. That's not good! And, obviously, something you think the league would have addressed with a stronger punishment previously...but this is the NHL we're talking about.
And a league that's facing a concussion lawsuit should probably be more woke to one of its players repeatedly hitting opponents in the head, right?
Finally, maybe, there's some progress.
After this high hit to Pittsburgh's Zach Aston-Reese, one that resulted in a broken jaw and a concussion (as promptly announced by Penguins coach Mike Sullivan post-game), the league wants to talk with Wilson. It took a serious injury to realize there's a problem.
Wilson, if you recall, knocked Alexander Wennberg out of three games in the Capitals' first-round series win over the Blue Jackets. The NHL, which apparently uses technology other than what's widely available, said it didn't have "sufficient video angles" to determine whether Wilson hit Wennberg in the head.
Wennberg suffered a concussion on the play.