Things have reached a fever pitch in the Isles-Capitals series.
In the wake of Tom Wilson’s huge Game 4 hit on Lubomir Visnovsky — one that knocked New York’s veteran d-man out of action — the Isles expressed major frustration, with Kyle Okposo calling Wilson “an idiot.”
Now, they’re apparently upset with another Caps forward as well.
The Isles, already upset over losing Visnovsky, were further incensed when audio of Caps forward Brooks Laich’s radio appearance on a Washington station surfaced on social media.
The NHL’s Player Safety department was informed of Laich’s comments, though such things usually warrant only a talking-to, not a fine or suspension. Wilson did not hear from player safety regarding the hit, so he will be in the lineup for Game 5.
In the interview, Laich said “What [the hit] did was Visnovsky got put out of the game and that puts them down to five ‘D’ in the second period.” Laich then added, “it’s a quote-unquote good penalty to take.”
Game 5 of the series goes tonight at Verizon. Needless to say, it’s going to be heated.