Washington forward Tom Wilson doesn’t have a disciplinary hearing scheduled for his hit on Ottawa’s Curtis Lazar during Wednesday night’s action, an NHL spokesman confirmed.
The hit, which occurred late in the third period of Washington’s 2-1 win, earned Wilson a match penalty. Lazar appeared shaken on the play, and didn’t return.
Upon reviews, however, the match penalty seemed punitive, perhaps a reputation call more than anything else. Wilson had thrown some heavy hits earlier in the contest and, as we’ve documented here on PHT over the last few weeks, has a burgeoning reputation as one of the league’s dirtiest hitters — so much so that rival GMs have reportedly complained to the league.
Last week, Wilson was ejected from a game against Florida for boarding Panthers d-man Brian Campbell.
As for the Lazar hit, Sens head coach Dave Cameron (unsurprisingly) said officials got the call right.
Wilson and his head coach, Barry Trotz, disagreed.
“I watched the replay a couple times. I’m doing exactly what I’ve been told — track the puck,” said Wilson, as per CSN Mid-Atlantic. “It’s a two-on-two, I don’t think he ever sees me. I wasn’t even really trying to hit him. I just take away his space and his neck snaps a little bit.”
The Caps are back in action tomorrow, when they host the Lightning at Verizon.
A pair of dynamic 90s forwards are among the six entrants in this year’s International Ice Hockey Federation’s Hall of Fame class.
Sergei Fedorov and Peter Bondra highlight a class that also includes Valeri Kamensky and Ville Peltonen, along with builders Pat Quinn and Ben Smith.
Fedorov won three Stanley Cups and three World Championships during his stellar NHL career, finishing with 483 goals and 1,179 points. He was one of the inductees into this year’s Hockey Hall of Fame.
Bondra, a 500 goal scorer, notched one of the most iconic goals in Slovakian hockey history — the game-winner against Russia to capture gold at the 2002 Worlds.
Kamensky is a member of the “Triple Gold” club, having won a World Championship (three times, actually), Olympic gold in ’88 and a Stanley Cup with Colorado in ’96.
Peltonen, who appeared in nearly 400 NHL contests with the Sharks, Predators and Panthers, is an incredibly decorated international competitor. He’s played in four Olympics, 13 Worlds and a pair of World Cups.
Quinn, who passed away in November of last year, captured titles as a head coach at the U-18, World Junior, World Cup and — most famously — the Olympic level, guiding Canada to victory in 2002 at Salt Lake.
Smith began his coaching career at the men’s collegiate level before taking over the U.S. women’s national team. He won gold at the ’98 Olympics in Nagano, and the Worlds in 2005.
Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry burst onto the scene last year, notching 11 goals and 23 points to lead all Jets rookies in scoring.
This year, though, he’s failed to find similar success — which is why the club demoted him to AHL Manitoba on Wednesday.
“He hasn’t been as good in the first part of the year as we’d hoped he would be,” head coach Paul Maurice said, per the Sun. “We want to get him to a place down there where he’s feeling good about his game.”
A third-round pick in 2011, Lowry appeared in 80 of 82 games last year and was a factor in the club’s opening-round playoff loss to Anaheim, scoring three points in four games.
But this season, he has just one goal in 31 games — eight points total — and had been dropped from his third-line center position to a fourth-line winger role.
It’s unclear who the Jets will recall to take Lowry’s spot in the lineup. Maurice said the 22-year-old’s stay in the AHL would extend at least until next week.
Calgary’s current four-game road swing started promisingly last night with a 2-1 OT win in Nashville, but took a decided downturn today.
The Flames announced that versatile forward Michael Frolik suffered an injury, one that will force him to miss the remainder of the trip. The club also confirmed Frolik had been sent back to Calgary for further evaluation.
Losing the 27-year-old’s services will hurt. Frolik is having a pretty solid offensive campaign — seven goals and 16 points in 30 games — and averages over 15 minutes a night, playing in a variety of situations.
Signed to a five-year, $21.5 million deal in free agency this summer, Frolik’s in his first season with Calgary after spending last year with the Jets.
With Frolik out, Josh Jooris will draw back into the lineup for Thursday’s game in Dallas.
Not three, but four — yes, four — goals in this week’s highlight package, featuring outstanding individual efforts from Ryan O'Reilly, Jordan Eberle, James Neal and Evgeny Kuznetsov.