It wasn’t just bush league stuff from this famous headhunter who was suspended five times in his NHL career, it was scary how scary his first body shot from Panarin, on which the Washington winger grabbed a piece of hair to gain influence, came to cause calamitous damage.
If Panarin’s head, rather than his shoulder, had hit the ice head-on, the NHL could preside over a death.
These are reckless things that are repeated over and over again and are permitted over and over again by the Washington organization. Just as Caps coach Peter Laviolette ignored Wilson’s blow that injured Boston’s Brandon Carlo in early March and earned Wilson a seven-game suspension, coach did it again after Monday’s game. .
“I thought it was just a scrum,” Laviolette said after his team’s 6-3 victory in which Wilson, who was awarded nothing more than a minor double for brutality and a 10-minute misconduct for his indiscretions, scored once. “A little physical play… that happens a lot. “Funny how it often happens when Wilson, who played in the penalty area, is involved. But it’s not funny at all. It is a plague on the league.
It’s stuff from the 1970s, stuff from the Broad Street Bullies era, stuff that can’t be tolerated anymore. This is one thing that deserves as strong a rebuke as it can get from Sixth Avenue.
Enough is enough. Wilson is expected to be banned for the remainder of the season and the playoffs, and he is expected to apply for re-entry into the league next season. A man with no hockey conscience lost his right to play.
You are on your feet, commissioner.