NHL reviewing Wilson hit that broke Aston-Reese's jaw

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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PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 01: Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals collides with Zach Aston-Reese #46 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena on May 1, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 01: Zach Aston-Reese #46 of the Pittsburgh Penguins lays on the ice after being checked in the head by Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals (not pictured) in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on May 1, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 01: Pittsburgh Penguins center Zach Aston-Reese (46) struggles to get up after getting hit by Washington Capitals Right Wing Tom Wilson (43) during the second period. The Washington Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2018, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 01: Pittsburgh Penguins center Zach Aston-Reese (46) lays on the ice after getting hit by Washington Capitals Right Wing Tom Wilson (43) during the second period. The Washington Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2018, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 01: Zach Aston-Reese #46 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates off of the ice after getting hit by Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals during the second period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena on May 1, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Aston-Reese did not return to the ice. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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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

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