Everything about Wednesday night was wonderful. It was perfection.
Four power-play goals and two perfect penalty kills.
A 7-0 shutout pitched by Braden Holtby and his teammates in game one of the season. It took the Capitals 100 games — Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, to be exact — to achieve that last year.
Wilson deserved at least six games, and probably eight to ten to send a message.
What he didn't warrant? A 20 MPH to 120 MPH ramp up in suspension length in the snap of a finger.
The Capitals pleaded their case with Wilson Wednesday morning, and their argument completely fell on deaf ears, leaving his teammates to clean up the carnage on and off the ice, because Wilson is not allowed to talk.
He is planning an appeal, according to Capitals head coach Todd Reirden.
His teammates were none too pleased with the suspension length.
"It's a tough thing. We don’t agree with it. It's unfair," said Holtby. "It's not what they told us when they (NHL Player Safety officials) came around and talked to us about what's fair and what wasn't."
Wilson celebrated his team's achievement in uniform and on the ice, being introduced to loud chants of "Free Willy," but that could be the last time we see him on the ice until late November.
Wilson has two appeals available to him under the NHL collective bargaining agreement. First to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and then further to a neutral arbitrator, but he must sit out while those are sorted out.
"I hope it's not going to be 19 (more)," captain Alex Ovechkin told reporters. "Maybe it's going to be less. It's hard to talk right now because I don't want to be a guy whose gonna step (out of line), but I think it's too much."
"It's unfortunate," T.J. Oshie said. "He's losing — he earned a nice contract, and now he's losing a quarter of that.”
Wilson's suspension, regardless of length, affects three different line combinations, and perhaps just as important, the Capitals penalty kill.
For one night at least, there was no impact. Everything else was perfect. How long will that last? That's the question moving forward.