The NHL wants to have a talk with the Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson about a hit that left Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese with a broken jaw and a concussion in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday night.
The league announced on Wednesday that Wilson will have a hearing in front of the NHL Department of Player Safety later that same day to discuss the hit.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan called on the league to "do something" about Wilson after the game.
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The announcement of Aston-Reese's injuries came after the Capitals won Game 3 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal 4-3 Tuesday in Pittsburgh to take a 2-1 series lead.
Wilson, who infuriated the Penguins with his hit on defenseman Brian Dumoulin in Game 1, zeroed in on Aston-Reese about midway through the second period and hit him in the head. The Capitals say Wilson was aiming for the shoulder.
Said Wilson's teammate Alex Ovechkin, who scored the game-winner on Tuesday night, "It was a great hit. A great, hard hit."
Countered Sullivan, "We lose a guy to a broken jaw that's going to require surgery and a concussion because of another high hit to the head. At some point, we would hope that the league might do something."
As was the case with the hit that drove Dumoulin out of the game, Wilson was not penalized for pounding Aston-Reese.
Wilson had an assist Tuesday and tied teammate Nicklas Backstrom with a game-high plus-2 rating.
--Field Level Media