Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo was rushed to hospital by ambulance after Capitals forward Tom Wilson hit him in the head on Friday night.
The hit came in the dying minutes of the first period in the Bruins’ 5-1 win over the Capitals. Carlo was in possession of the puck in one of the corners when Wilson charged him up, lifting his right elbow, hitting Carlo in the head. Both players fell, but it wasn’t long before Wilson got up. Carlo, however, was on the ground for a while before a pair of Bruins staff joined him. Carlo succeeded on his own.
Wilson did not receive a penalty for the game.
After the game, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Carlo was taken to hospital and shared his thoughts on the situation.
“A predator has been hit by someone who has done it before,” Cassidy said. “I don’t understand why there was no penalty on the ice. They huddled up, but I didn’t get an explanation. It was out of our hands after that. We just have to play hockey. Try to stay together as a team, play the right way.
Cassidy did not say whether Carlo had a concussion or not.
“You can probably make your own call on that, considering the blow was straight to his head,” Cassidy said.
The Bruins responded to Wilson’s blow in several ways. They scored four straight goals after the hit and fought Wilson twice.
“Sometimes when that happens and there is no appeal, players deal with it their way on the ice,” said Cassidy. “We felt we pushed back and did what we could. We won the hockey game and tried to let this player know it wasn’t necessary. So that’s how we managed it.
“That’s how I thought of the big picture. I guess it will be reviewed by the National Hockey League and they will make their decision.
Defenseman Jarred Tinordi, who joined the Bruins earlier this week, was the first to fight Wilson, getting his hands on him in the second period. Forward Trent Frederic had his turn to fight Wilson in the third.
Tinordi, speaking to reporters after the game, explained why he stepped into the action.
“What I noticed about this team when I got here is that the boys play for each other from night to night,” Tinordi said. “I’m not surprised to see the boys react in a massive way after one of our guys falls like this.”
“You can’t let guys take liberties with our players over there. That’s how I’ve always played, ”Tinordi added later. “That’s how a lot of the guys on the team play. You have to recognize it. It was also a bit of a cheap shot. A guy breaks down and we reacted in a big way. Put the fighting aside, I think the boys came out big.
Brad Marchand called the success a “bull -” during an interview with NESN after the first period. He again declared his frustration after the game, partly focusing on refereeing for the lack of a penalty appeal.
“I think the biggest problem is what they choose to revise and not revise,” Marchand said. “Last year in the playoffs there were some high sticks that were seen when a guy hits his teammate. If the referee makes a bad call, let the referee make a bad call. But, in order for a major penalty not to be considered, if the referees watch this on the video, it’s a clear suspension and it’s gone from the game.
“That’s the whole problem with bringing video into the game like they did. They care more about watching a video review of a one-inch offside, but they don’t care about seeing a guy’s photo again. “
Patrice Bergeron, in his first season as team captain, gave a little insight into what he said to the team after the hit.
“I think we are a team that has to stay together. I think that’s the only way it really works, ”Bergeron said in an interview with NESN. “Obviously when something like this happens you have to take action and show that you care for each other. I thought we did. Everything we talk about in this room is kept private. That being said, you have to find ways to get everyone on the road. “
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