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Morning Line- T.J. Oshie

“I think it’s unfortunate for Tom that the league is making an example out of him, they set the standards. They want to get the dirty stuff out of the game. At least Tom’s play was on the ice and he was hitting the guy that had the puck milliseconds before.

“And then you see tonight the sucker punches that Lars took in, so they kind of set the standard. Marchand has a history, and we trust that they’ll do what they’re supposed to do and take care of business.”

-T.J. Oshie of the Washington Capitals on the Tom Wilson suspension.  Kate Yanchulis of RMNB has more player reaction on the suspension.

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At least Tom’s play was on the ice

Am I missing something here? Are there off-the-ice infractions that haven’t been punished?

Sorry T.J. this isn’t about the timing of Wilson’s hit. It’s about contact near the head and the long history Wilson has with clearly no intention of changing the way he plays. Also on this particular play Wilson clearly lines him up for the hit many feet away which would typically be called charging.

I know the media probably asked Oshie the question but an answer has a lot more weight when it comes from a neutral outsider. Oshie, as a teammate of Wilson, is clearly going to stand up for him. You can bet if that hit was delivered to a Capital he wouldn’t be talking about the timing or the fact that it “took place on the ice”.

Posted by evileye on 10/04/18 at 09:56 AM ET

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“I think it’s unfortunate for Tom that the league is making an example out of him,

Sure….nothing to do with the bazillion dirty hits Wilson has been involved with.  Maybe TJ is still buzzed from the summer celly.

Posted by Steve1306 on 10/04/18 at 10:05 AM ET

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He may be just lobbying here, but he’s not wrong. Its hypocritical to punish a player for a hit to the head resulting from play, but look the other way when another player punches someone in head multiple times.

I’m not saying I’m against fighting in hockey, just saying he has a point. And its not like Marchand doesnt have a sorted history of his own.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 10/04/18 at 10:34 AM ET

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“And then you see tonight the sucker punches that Lars took in, so they kind of set the standard. Marchand has a history, and we trust that they’ll do what they’re supposed to do and take care of business.”

That’s a great point though.  Marchand should get a lengthy suspension as well.  Sure, it wasn’t an open ice hit to the head like Wilson’s, but given Marchand’s history and the fact he attacked Lars, Marchand should probably get 10 games. IMO.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/04/18 at 10:36 AM ET

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At least Tom’s play was on the ice

Am I missing something here?

Maybe he’s saying that it was a “hockey play” unlike Marchand’s sucker punches.

I’d argue that it isn’t. If Wilson was trying to do anything other than injure, a poke-check or stick lift would have been a more effective play. He probably disrupts Sundquist’s shot if he leads with his stick instead of going for the haymaker.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 10/04/18 at 10:47 AM ET

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Defend your teammate at all costs. Even if it makes you sound like a homer. He’s not saying anything that should set people off.. Any teammate would spin a Wilson hit. It’s what you do as a teammate… to the media.

Posted by Probie4Prez on 10/04/18 at 02:03 PM ET

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