Bruins defender Brandon Carlo was taken to hospital by ambulance after Capitals striker Tom Wilson hit him in the head on Friday night.
The hit happened in the last minutes of the first period in the victory of the Bruins with 5: 1 over the Capitals. Carlo was holding the puck in one of the corners when Wilson lunged at him, raising his right elbow and hitting Carlo in the head. Both players fell, but Wilson returned quickly. However, Carlo stayed for a while before two Bruins employees visited him. Carlo managed to skate on his own.
Wilson did not receive a penalty for the game.
After the match, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said that Carlo was taken to hospital and expressed his thoughts on the situation.
“A predatory blow from someone who has done this before,”
Cassidy did not say whether Carlo was in the brain or not.
“You can probably call yourself on this issue, given that the blow was directly to his head,” Cassidy said.
Bruins responded to Wilson’s blow in several ways. They scored four consecutive goals after the goal and fought Wilson twice.
“Sometimes when these things happen and there’s no call, the players somehow settle them on the ice in their own way,” Cassidy said. “We felt we had stepped back and done what we could. We won the hockey game and tried to let this particular player know that it was unnecessary. So, we dealt with that.
“It simply came to my notice then. I guess this will be considered by the National Hockey League and they will make their decision. “
Defender Jared Tinordi, who joined the Bruins earlier this week, was the first to fight Wilson, taking him in his arms in the second period. Striker Trent Frederick got his turn to fight Wilson in the third.
Tinordi, speaking to reporters after the match, shared why he joined the action.
“What I noticed on this team when I came here was that the boys were playing for each other night and night,” said Tinordi. “I’m not surprised to see the boys react a lot after one of our boys came down like that.”
“You can’t make boys break up with our players. That’s the way I’ve always played, “Tinordi added later. “That’s the way a lot of boys on the team play. You have to recognize it. It was also a bit of a cheap shot. One man came down and we responded in a big way. Put the fight aside, I think the boys came out in a big direction. “
Brad Marchan called the hit “bull-” during an interview with NESN after the first period. He reiterated his frustration after the game, focusing some of them on the refereeing for the lack of punishment.
“I think the biggest problem is what they choose to review, not review,” Marshan said. “Last year there were high sticks in the playoffs, which were inspected when a man hit his teammate. If the clerk makes a bad call, have the clerk make a bad call. But in order not to watch a big penalty, if the referees watch this on video, it’s a clear stop and he’s out of the game.
“That’s the whole problem with including video in the game the way you did it. They are more interested in watching an offside video review with an inch, but they are not interested in watching a person’s shot. “
In his first season as team captain, Patrice Bergeron gave some insight into what he said to the team after the goal.
“I think we are a team that we have to stick 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 step up and show that you care about each other. I thought we did that. Whatever we say in this room remains personal. With that in mind, you need to find ways to get everyone going. “
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