Brandon Carlo and Tom Wilson both could miss games after Friday night’s hitting that brought the Bruins defenseman to hospital and the Capitals forward in the crosshairs of NHL player safety.
Wilson appeared to be aiming for Carlo’s head when he handed a check to the unsuspecting defenseman who was engaged with another player in the first period of Boston’s 5-1 win over Washington on Friday. Carlo had to be helped. He immediately went to the locker room and then to a hospital in the region.
“He was released from the hospital early this morning so he’s back home,” said Bruce Cassidy. “He obviously hasn’t been to the rink. That’s all I got from the coaches.
Carlo will not play against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
Wilson’s hit was not considered a penalty during the game. Lack of discipline on the ice led two Bruins – Jarren Tinordi and Trent Frederic – each to fight Wilson in the second and third periods respectively.
Wilson probably faces additional discipline, however. The NHL Player Safety Twitter account tweeted:
“Tom Wilson of Washington was offered an in-person audition via Zoom for Brandon Carlo of Boarding Boston. Date and time to be determined.
The fact that the tweet qualifies the incident as ‘boarding’ implies the belief that a wrongdoing occurred while boarding is a sanction.
An in-person hearing often means a suspension is coming and gives a player a chance to offer a mitigating response. Wilson has long had a reputation for delivering cheap shots with four suspensions – including one for 20 games – during his career.
Charlie Coyle has revealed that his brief stint in the NHL’s COVID protocol that caused him to miss Wednesday’s game was the result of a false positive. Coyle had several negative tests Thursday allowing him to return to the team.
“It’s unfortunate that we missed this game, but it could have been worse,” he said. “I’m glad it’s over, put it behind us and move on.” “