At the very end of the third period of Monday’s game between the Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks, Madison Bowey was on the receiving end of a two-handed chop to the wrist from Brenden Dillon.
On Tuesdaythe league handed Dillon a one-game suspension, a decision that did not seem to sit well with everyone in Washington.
For his part, Bowey took the high road.
“The way the score was their team wasn't too happy so I think obviously he was a little frustrated and did what he did,” Bowey said Wednesday after the morning skate. “[The NHL is] trying to look to get that stuff out of the game so that's good I guess they did discipline him a bit, but it's part of the game. I think he obviously didn't try to intentionally hurt me or anything like that so I think it happened so quick.”
Barry Trotz, however, had a very different reaction, though he was as politically correct as possible while voicing his displeasure.
“He got suspended, that was fair,” Trotz said. “Now the number, five seconds to go, that type of thing, I think that should be looked at a little differently. But he got suspended. The league handles all those situations. You've got to trust that they're going to make the right decision even if you agree with it or not.”
The most important thing for the Caps is that Bowey walked away from the incident without any serious injury. The rookie defenseman received “just a good bruise” and will play in Washington’s game Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
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But that doesn’t mean the incident is now over.
The Caps meet the Sharks in San Jose on March 10 and may have a few scores to settle after Monday’s penalty-filled game.
“It's going to be a good matchup next time we meet each other,” Bowey said. “Obviously there's a few hits or maybe things we definitely took exception to and definitely felt that were a little bit overboard. Seeing [T.J. Oshie] go down like that is pretty tough to see. I don't think it's going to be too big, but I think obviously next time we play them it's going to be definitely in the back of our minds.”