Tom Wilson did it again.
The six-foot-four, 218-pound Wilson has been suspended in the past, and he doesn't have what you'd call a sparkling reputation, but what irked many about this latest hit, as it should have, was the sight of Wilson laughing on the bench afterwards while Aston-Reese lay on the ice.
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Although the hit went unpenalized, the National Hockey League department of player safety announced it has scheduled a hearing with Wilson for Wednsday . "He wouldn't do that", Trotz said. "They look at it". "When you blow it up, you can see the white". He doesn't leave his feet. "I don't think we played our best game".
The Penguins return to Pittsburgh on Tuesday for Game 3 in a series that has moved quickly from the Capitals' frustration after blowing a lead in a Game 1 loss to the Penguins' frustration after a series of controversial moments didn't go their way in a Game 2 loss.
"I really believe this year has felt a little bit different", Washington forward Jay Beagle said.
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The Penguins are trying to win their 10th playoff series in a row.
Now that we have that out of the way, whatever the situation around Wilson, most concerning to the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins is that they're one day away from a pivotal Game 4 at home, with a chance to tie this series back up. It's not what Pittsburgh does.
And when Crosby was finished, still sweating, having removed only his helmet, he sat in the Penguins' pristine practice dressing room and he tossed up his hands in response to the first question he faced. Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak basically begged Wilson to fight, but didn't take it too far when Wilson failed to engage.
"Sometimes it goes your way, sometimes not", center Nicklas Backstrom said. "I liked our answer".
This year's Capitals seem confident even when they're losing. The 31-year-old had 42 goals and 98 points in 78 games during the regular season and three goals and two assists in five postseason contests.
The Capitals have momentum on their side. "Anytime you get those reviews, it's stressful". "We accomplished what we wanted to and now we enjoy it for a couple minutes, refocus and focus on Game 4". With Crosby and Malkin on the team, the Penguins have never lost a playoff series in which they took a two-games-to-none lead.
Washington will approach Game 3 with confidence after registering a 7-0-0 record in its last seven road games versus teams with a home winning record greater than.600. "We understand what we did wrong and what needs to be done".
The Capitals had killed 24 consecutive penalties before Patric Hornqvist finished off a handsome play by Evgeni Malkin. "And we have to do the same moving forward". "Obviously for our team, you know we want to win tonight and we did. If we play like that, we're going to get scored on". Getting him back for Game 3 would be huge for obvious reasons. The main thing? Just becoming more active.