The NHL lowered the boom on Tom Wilson and the Capitals on Wednesday, and the decision is a series-changing, and likely career-defining decision, for not only Wilson, but others as well.
This was despite no penalty being called on the ice, even after consultation among four officials and the off-ice official saying after the game that the game officials thought it was a legal hit.
The problem is, three games is unfair, despite the broken jaw to Aston-Reese and his loss for the rest of the series to the Penguins.
The injury has an effect on the Penguins for sure as “ZAR” -- as Penguins followers call him -- was a key fourth-line contributor. But this has far bigger impact on the Caps.
That would be a shame, because he’s been mostly outstanding in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and now the league could be dictating the terms and the possible outcome of the series.