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Capitals don’t see much wrong with Wilson’s hit on Schenn

George McPhee

FILE - In this May 15, 2013 file photo, Washington Capitals hockey general manager George McPhee talks with reporters at the Kettler Iceplex in Arlington, Va. Alex Ovechkin is back to MVP form. Adam Oates has a full season of head coaching under his belt. And the Washington Capitals hope it all adds up to a lengthier playoff run than the franchise is used to. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)


The hit Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson put on Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn during the Flyers’ 5-2 win on Tuesday certainly grabbed everyone’s attention.

Wilson’s major penalty for charging helped turn the tide of the game as the Flyers scored twice on the power play. You’d think the Capitals would be upset about a young player taking a bad penalty. You’d be very wrong.’s Chuck Gormley heard from Caps GM George McPhee who called it “a great hit.” Coach Adam Oates said he thought the hit was “clean” and wasn’t worthy of a penalty. Captain Alex Ovechkin even expounded on it.

“To be honest with you I don’t think it was a dirty play,” Ovechkin said. “He saw him coming. He turned and Willy’s a big boy. It’s always dangerous play out there, but it’s hockey.

“When you get a hit, you have to be ready, especially today. I don’t think [Schenn] was ready. Willy finished his check and I don’t think it was two minutes. It was a good hit.”

Safe to say the Flyers feel differently. As for how the league feels, we should find out soon enough.

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