Devante Smith-Pelly seemed to imply a double standard exists in how the NHL Department of Player Safety issues judgments against the Capitals and Penguins.
Smith-Pelly continued: "There's a bunch of people saying, 'Well, he was bracing for contact.' I mean, it's the penalty kill and that guy never gets hit out of the thousand times that Osh is trying to get to the wall, which is what every penalty killer does. If a guy's a Hall of Famer, he's smart enough to know he's not going to get hit there. No one ever gets hit there, so he knew what he was doing."
The Capitals have been without Tom Wilson for more than a month after he received a 20-game suspension for an illegal check to the head. He's left a gaping hole on their roster and still has six games to serve. While there are many factors that go into a suspension, the crime here is of similar nature.
"Well, apparently you're not supposed to hit guys in the head," said Smith-Pelly. "I mean, if that was Willy, we already know what would happen, so that's all I'm going to say."
Oshie exited the game for the second time after Malkin's hit. He had exited earlier to get his eye stitched up and examined after taking a stick to the face. He returned to score the game-winner.
"That's Osh. He's a gamer. He's a warrior," Smith-Pelly said. "I wasn't surprised to see him come back and definitely wasn't surprised to see him end up getting the winning goal."