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.