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Caps GM is happy Wilson ‘was vindicated’ by lack of suspension

Dec 19, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals have made adamant statements that Tom Wilson delivered a clean hit on Brayden Schenn on Tuesday. Following Thursday’s announcement that no supplemental discipline will take place, Caps GM George McPhee told the Washington Post that the league made the right decision.

“We agree with the league’s position that it was a clean hit.  There should not have been a penalty on the play. It was a punishing hit, not predatory or otherwise illegal,” McPhee said. “Under our current rules, punishing but clean hits are permitted. We are happy that Tom Wilson was vindicated and Brayden Schenn is not injured.”

For the record, Brendan Shanahan didn’t necessarily say that Wilson, 19, didn’t deserve a penalty for his hit on Schenn, 22. Instead, he merely explained why there won’t be an additional fine or a suspension tacked onto the game misconduct and major penalty Wilson received.

Click here for more on the decision. Here’s video of the explanation in case you missed it:

  1. lowenni - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Wilson’s as tough as they come, but he’s a real good person and Caps fans know that. I knew that there was no intent to injure on this play. Oates and McPhee look pretty smart now after everyone making them out to be idiots the past few days.

    • imleftcoast - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      I like that Shanahan did a review and a video. There should have been one for Marchand’s. This was a hockey play, and that wasn’t. The fact that one wasn’t even reviewed just stokes the allegations that certain teams get better treatment.

      • rrsm53 - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        cry me a river on the Marchand hit, it was no different than wilson’s shot, You talk about how tough he is, only time will tell before someone does the same thing to him. Caps are a bunch of whiners and their fans are just the same win something then complain about other teams getting special treatment.

  2. drewsylvania - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    He wasn’t vindicated, you moron. He got a 5-minute major and game misconduct.

    I can’t believe the team is actually defending this hit as though he did nothing wrong. Lack of class abounds.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      First off, I’m sure your a hens fan, you guys know a lot about class.

      Are you a moron?
      Why don’t you actually watch the video they explain it for you. It was a violent out come to a other wise clean hockey play. As for being vindicated, they were. From any further unnecessary discipline for the league. But its cool donkey, keep letting your bias, blind you from the truth.

      • joey4id - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:22 PM

        My name is Joey, and I approve this comment. :-)

  3. cspsrbums - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    You are clown 1) he isn’t going to say that it shouldn’t have been called
    2) he can’t take the penalty back
    3) It a judgment call yes they called a penalty at that point,the game is fast
    4) That judgement call led to 2 goals the killed the Caps again you don’t take it away.
    4) Yes we will defend that hit it was a perfect hit. That’s how the game should be played
    5) the rest of the hockey world sees it but you.
    6) you are embarrassing yourself now.
    7) Will see you in March go find something else to whine about this is over.

  4. flyerspsu - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    I still think he should have got a game or 2 for the reckless and dangerous nature of it, Gryba got suspended last year for a great stand up body check where he lined up the body perfectly but b/c he was so much taller Eller’s head caught the brunt too, everybody on TSN said it was a legal hit, but Shanahan claimed the onus was still on Gryba not to be reckless, how is the onus not at least a little bit on Wilson for coming flying in a drilling a guy from that spot on the ice?

  5. cspsrbums - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Game or 2 for a legal hit. Sure I can see that. But we won’t give any games for skating the ice and throwing dangerous rabbit punches That makes sense.

    • flyerspsu - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      when did i say the latter? you suspend both, thornton for a lot longer, all i said was a game or 2 for wilson, thats nothing with the way shanahan has been suspending people this year

  6. benrob99 - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    I guess I can by the explanation not to suspend. But, to say that it shouldn’t have been a penalty is pretty silly. If you don’t call charging on that, then you might as well rip that rule out of the book altogether.

  7. jrclark1978 - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:56 AM

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