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Tom Wilson enrages Penguins with another controversial hit

Capitals' Tom Wilson's huge hit on Zach Aston-Reese gave the Penguins' defender a broken jaw and concussion. Is a suspension on the way?

Another game, another controversial hit by Tom Wilson.

Whether you thought Wilson deserved to be suspended for his hit from Game 2 on Brian Dumoulin or not, you would be foolish to expect the Washington Capitals agitator to be a wallflower in Game 3. Instead, he’s at the center of another controversy during what’s become a heated, nasty, and entertaining second period between the Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Wilson delivered a hard but unpenalized hit on Zach Aston-Reese this time around, bloodying the Penguins forward. Aston-Reese appeared to throw his glove at the Capitals bench on his way off the ice. (Check out footage of that collision in the video above this post’s headline.)

Update: The Penguins announced that Aston-Reese was diagnosed with a concussion and broken jaw.

[NBC’s Stanley Cup Playoff Hub]

During the moment of Wilson’s hit, the Penguins shook off John Carlson’s opening goal to rattle off a 2-1 lead. Less than a minute after that big collision, Chandler Stephenson tied the game up 2-2 to a chorus of boos.

The middle frame fireworks continued when Jake Guentzel made a fantastic play to set up Sidney Crosby for a 3-2 goal. You can watch the game live here.

In case you want to see it again, here’s that Wilson-Ovechkin hit on Dumoulin.

The Capitals ended up beating the Penguins 4-3 to take a 2-1 series lead. More on that here.

UPDATE: Wilson will have a DoPS hearing on Wednesday.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.