Stralman was assessed a minor penalty for boarding 8:58 into the game, and after Wilson was down on the ice for several seconds with his hand clutching his head, he briefly went to the locker room to be examined.
Wilson was suspended three games in the Capitals’ second-round series for an illegal check to the head of Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese, a ruling with which he emphatically disagreed. Wilson has been more diligent of balancing his physical style of play with the explosive collisions that could garner attention from the Department of Player Safety, especially because he’s considered a “repeat offender.” He was suspended twice in the pre-season in addition to the one during these playoffs.
“I don’t really know anymore,” Wilson said. “I don’t know. But if anyone wants to feel the goose egg on the side of my head. He leaves his feet, I’m in a pretty vulnerable spot and he drives my head through the glass. I’m not one to lay on the ice, but it took me a little bit to collect myself. I got back out there, but everything I’ve heard all year, he sees numbers for a good amount of time and he elevates through the back of my shoulder and head.”
“It’s a vulnerable position, and no doubt there’s contact with my head. If I’m wearing a helmet from five years ago, I think I’m probably unconscious. So, we’ll see what they say. We’re going to keep driving forward here. We can’t let that be an excuse. I’m not here to complain about anything. I’m just talking about it for the better of the game and for the better of player safety.”