If recent history repeats itself, the Capitals and Lightning may once again meet in a high-stakes series, this time during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Perhaps that thought explains why tensions seem pretty high on Saturday?
Then again, maybe it’s just a matter of the gravitational pull that Tom Wilson‘s physicality provides, whether the hits are legal, illegal, or in a gray area in between.
One way or another, the Lightning didn’t seem pleased with Wilson after he landed a hard hit on promising defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. Sergachev clearly looked shaken up, although he was able to leave the ice under his own power:
Wilson was not penalized for the hit, and by Wilson standards, this wasn’t too controversial. Do you think it was over the line, though?
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