Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tough Night to Be on the Ice No Surprise, Game Physical from Start

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tough Night to Be on the Ice No Surprise, Game Physical from Start

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WASHINGTON - Capitals winger Tom Wilson was assessed one minor penalty in Game 1 of the Penguins-Capitals series that ended with the Capitals winning 4-3 in overtime.

It is questionable if Wilson deserved a second penalty.

Late in the third period Wilson seemed to deviate -at least slightly -from his route to the bench to check Penguins rookie Conor Sheary, knee-on-knee.

Sheary flipped upwards, then down onto the ice where he stayed wincing in pain briefly before getting to the bench.

Coach Mike Sullivan appeared to be livid from his perch behind the bench, but said afterward it was already old news. Sheary finished the game.

"No, I didn't get an explanation, and I'm not concerned. We're just going to play," said Sullivan. "We're just going to play hockey. The refs are going to call it the way they see it, and our guys are going to play."

Sullivan also declined to weigh in when asked if he expects the NHL department of player safety to look at the hit and consider supplemental discipline.

"I have no idea," said Sullivan. "But I'm sure those guys, you know they're pretty diligent with their job. I'm sure they'll look at everything and they'll do whatever they think is appropriate."

Sheary was not available for comment after the game.

Defenseman Ian Cole said he had a clear view of the hit.

"Sheary tipped the puck in, dumped it away and Wilson was coming out and stuck his leg out," said Cole. "No one likes to see that. But it is playoff hockey so you have to just play right through it and keep going. There's going to be those kinds of hits, those kinds of plays all over the ice. Obviously they're going to try and get in guys heads and continue to hit them. We're going to continue to play hard as well."

Winger Eric Fehr said players expect the whistle to go away at times during this time of year, but that doesn't mean it's easy. …

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