Wilson's big hit sparks fights vs. Flyers
On the same day the NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland for an illegal check to the head, it scheduled a Thursday hearing for Capitals rookie right wing Tom Wilson for his hit on Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center.
At 15:17 of the second period Wilson was assessed a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. Wilson also received a five-minute major for fighting in the immediate aftermath of the hit.
Schenn did not return to the game and Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told reporters that a baseline test for a concussion was unnecessary following the game. Schenn said he felt "better than I thought" on Wednesday and reported stiffness in his neck. Schenn is listed as questionable for the Flyers' game against the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night.
The NHL's Department of Player Safety takes into consideration the severity of a player's injury, along with the offending player's disciplinary history before making a ruling. Wilson has never had an NHL hearing.
According to a release by the NHL, The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: charging. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.