Capitals forward Tom Wilson suspended 3 games

Kristopher Nichols
May 5, 2018

Evgeni Malkin nudged the puck just over the goal line on a goalmouth scramble with 2:29 left in the second period, and a couple of lengthy reviews later, it went on the board as a good goal, giving the Pens a 2-1 lead with 2:26 left in the middle period. Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist also scored, but the Penguins lost consecutive playoff games for only the fourth time since the start of their runs to consecutive Stanley Cups began in 2016.

National Hockey League playoff action comes to DC where the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Washington Capitals.

Jake Guentzel scored his playoff-leading 10th goal and Matt Murray made 20 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday evened up their NHL Eastern Conference semi-final series with a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.

In the second period, Wilson delivered a check that made contact with Aston-Reese's head and sent the Penguins player face-down to the ice with what was later diagnosed as a broken jaw and a concussion, according to coach Mike Sullivan.

Wilson was suspended twice in the 2017-18 preseason by the Department of Player Safety: Missing two exhibition games for interference on Robert Thomas of the St. Louis Blues on September 22, and getting four exhibition games for boarding Sammy Blais of the Blues on October 1. The Capitals now lead the series 2-1. Simon then found Guentzel to his right.

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Replays in Game 2 proved inconclusive and the Capitals held on.

Wilson is a 24-year-old, 6-4, 218-pound forward who has been more known in his five-season career for playing on the edge (806 penalty minutes) than his other on-ice contributions.

The puck then sat just in front of the line, before Holtby could snatch it. Malkin then dove at the goal, hitting the puck with his stick and knocking it past the line to give the Penguins a 2-1 advantage. That was kind of the turning point in the game, when they got that goal there when I was in the box. Video clearly showed the puck inching across the line, and it stood after the Capitals challenged due to goalie interference. Sometimes it's a good call. The focus is on the next game and any adjustments or any changes we make, we'll react however we need to. "We understand it's not over".

Dustin Byfuglien had two goals and an assist for Winnipeg, while Paul Stastny added a goal and two assists. The Pens saw the return of winger Carl Hagelin after he missed three games from an "upper-body" injury suffered in Game Six of the Philadelphia series. The Capitals have scored a playoff goal in nine of 10 playoff games.

The Capitals took their first road loss after starting the postseason 4-0 away from home. He spoke prior to Game 3, saying (via the Washington Post), "I've always prided myself on being an honest player".

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