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Tom Wilson gets four-game suspension

Washington Capitals v Toronto Maple Leafs - Game Six

TORONTO,ON - APRIL 23: Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on April 23, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Capitals defeated the Maple Leafs 2-1 in overtime to win series 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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This time around, Tom Wilson’s preseason suspension won’t stay in the preseason.

The Washington Capitals’ polarizing, hard-hitting winger received a four-game suspension for boarding Sammy Blais of the St. Louis Blues. This comes shortly after Wilson received a two-game preseason suspension for a different hit.

The key, though, is that this time he’ll miss time that “matters” and also lose salary. The NHL explained that there wasn’t really an opportunity for a clean, shoulder-to-shoulder hit in this specific case. His status as a repeat offender also came into play:

Wilson, 23, will miss Thursday’s season-opener at the Ottawa Senators, Saturday’s home-opener against the Montreal Canadiens, an Oct. 9 road game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and an Oct. 11 home contest vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. His first game of eligibility is a road game against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 13.

The suspension costs Wilson $97,560.96.