Tom Wilson Suspended 3 Games for Check to Head of Zach Aston-Reese

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 3, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 01:  Zach Aston-Reese #46 of the Pittsburgh Penguins lays on the ice after getting hit by Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena on May 1, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Zach Aston-Reese
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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been suspended three games by the NHL for an illegal hit against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. 

Per the NHL Department of Player SafetyWilson received the suspension for illegally checking Aston-Reese in the head during Tuesday's game.

The play occurred midway through the second period, when the Penguins were bringing the puck back up the ice from their own end. As the Capitals made a line change, Wilson lowered his shoulder and launched his body up and off the ice as he made contact with Aston-Reese, as NHL's official video review shows.

After the game, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan revealed Aston-Reese suffered a broken jaw and concussion as a result of the play. The officials on the ice didn't call a penalty on Wilson for the hit. 

Wilson had a career year for the Capitals during the regular season, with 14 goals, 21 assists and 35 points. He scored four points in the first three games of the series against the Penguins. 

Washington took a 2-1 series lead over the Penguins on Tuesday with a 4-3 victory in Game 3.

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