Safe to say Tom Wilson is now the Islanders’ public enemy No. 1.
The day after wiping out d-man Lubomir Visnovsky with a fierce hit — which netted a two-minute charging minor — Wilson, who Kyle Okposo called “an idiot” during postgame media availability, was a hot topic of discussion again on Wednesday:
Hickey: (Wilson) went in to hurt our guy… (Lubo being hurt) makes me sick to my stomach.” #Isles
— Stephen (@StephenCLorenzo) April 22, 2015
Tavares on Wilson hit: ” The puck wasn’t anywhere close. Complete target of a defenseless player ”
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) April 22, 2015
Tavares: “we stay within the rules and play the game the right way.” #isles
— Scott Charles (@ScottmCharles) April 22, 2015
The hit happened midway Washington’s eventual 2-1 OT win. Here’s the video:
Visnovsky left the game following the blast and didn’t return, finishing with just 7:50 TOI. Isles head coach Jack Capuano, who originally suggested Wilson left his feet to deliver the blow, had no comment on the hit today and no status update for Visnovsky, who didn’t practice and isn’t expected to play Game 5 on Thursday.
It is worth noting that, prior to Tuesday’s game, Wilson alluded to upping the physicality:
“I know Latts is fired up to get in tonight, hopefully, and it’ll be good to get back together and give them some of their own medicine,” Wilson said, referring to the Islanders’ fourth line of Matt Martin [22 hits], Clutterbuck [17 hits] and Casey Cizikas [7 hits].
Per ESPN, Wilson won’t face any supplemental discipline for the hit.