And he eventually was propelled off his feet

and the focus on everything else

It has to be an event that colors the rest of the series and gets to deep questions about the sport of hockey, what it once was and what it will be in the future.

cheap moncler jackets sale The NHL on Wednesday suspended Capitals forward Tom Wilson for the next three games of the playoffs, games cheap moncler sale that probably all will come against the Penguins in the second round, for his check of Pittsburgh rookie Zach Aston Reese, an obliteration near the Capitals’ bench that left Aston Reese with a moncler outlet online broken jaw and a concussion. cheap moncler jackets sale

moncler outlet online It seemed, in the moments after the game, to be the kind of distraction that could, in fact, benefit the Capitals, who lead the series two games to one entering Thursday night’s Game4. Get the Penguins focused on Wilson instead of on Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom? You would make that trade every day. moncler outlet online

Now? Now it’s no longer a distraction. It’s a front and center character in the series, which could be altered by Wilson’s absence. Moreover, it points to the complicated issues the NHL has with blows that involve the head as we learn more about their consequences seemingly by the day. Hockey is a fast and rough sport. How can it be both of those things and still be safe?

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moncler jacket sale Inhale, exhale, Caps fans. This isn’t a conspiracy in favor of one (charmed) franchise over another (star crossed) club. Still, what we have here is a development that fits perfectly into the history of the 11playoff series between these two teams. For three games, they have played mostly riveting hockey. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has scored twice and has two assists. Washington captain Ovechkin has a goal in each game, including the winner with 67seconds remaining in Game3, and two assists as well. It’s what we came for, with many more goodies promised ahead. moncler jacket sale

cheap moncler outlet And yet, where these two are concerned, there always seems to be something buy moncler jackets to hijack the entire affair. Even without the Wilson suspension Wednesday and we will get to that there were all sorts of ancillary elements floating about the ether. Did Crosby, in the midst of the kind of tussle that became prevalent throughout Tuesday night, actually spit at some Capitals? (Doesn’t seem likely.) Did Wilson, with Aston Reese struggling even to get to the locker room, laugh at his fallen prey? (Seems he was smiling at a teammate’s joke about all the boos that rained down on him.) cheap moncler outlet

It’s too much. Violent hits. Childish back and forth chirping. With the Caps and the Penguins, it’s always something.

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Which makes decisions such as the one the NHL made Wednesday even more fraught. Silly as it seems, it plays into the moncler outlet sale Washington fan’s mind set that the league always has favored Crosby over Ovechkin. That’s a garbage way of thinking, but it unquestionably creeps into the psyche. The Caps used their comeback victory Tuesday night to go up in the series. Now, to win it, they will have to do it shorthanded at least until a seventh game, when Wilson would be eligible to return.

The moncler mens jackets suspension: I realize Wilson, as the league pointed out, is a “repeat offender.” He has a reputation and a past, and once the NHL’s Department of Player Safety determines his hit to be illegal, then that reputation and past come moncler outlet into play in determining the punishment. His most severe violation came when he boarded St. Louis’s Sam Blais during a preseason game last season, a move that cost him moncler sale the first four games of 2017 18, his only regular season suspension. Such transgressions, the NHL wants players to know, have lasting impacts.

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cheap moncler jackets However, are we supposed to believe that Wilson’s run in with Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin in Game 2 of this series a hit that knocked Dumoulin out for the rest of that game but not for any more of the series didn’t play a part in this evaluation? The NHL’s own explanation of letting Wilson off on that hit argued, “He does not initiate a hit that picks the head as the main point of contact.” How about Wilson’s charging call for a hit on Columbus’s Alexander Wennberg in the postseason opener, an infraction that was called on the ice but was one that the player safety folks moncler outlet Moncler Outlet store didn’t think warranted further discipline? cheap moncler jackets

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moncler outlet sale There cheap moncler coats are several differences in Wilson’s hit Tuesday night. First, as a player who was handling the puck, Aston Reese was eligible to be checked. But even as he sprawled on the ice, clearly injured, the four on ice officials at PPG Paints Arena gathered and determined there would not be a penalty. moncler outlet sale

In explaining its ruling, the Department of Player Safety issued a video that showed a reverse angle essentially from the Caps’ bench that, according to the narration, showed, “The head is the main point of contact on this cheap moncler outlet hit.”

“To me,” Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said earlier in the day, “it looked body on body.”

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It’s funny what our eyes can tell monlcer down jackets us. I’ve watched it 10times from the new angle, and I still think it’s possible possible Wilson’s left shoulder gets into Aston Reese’s body first. No matter. The NHL determined otherwise.

moncler jackets outlet The next point the league considers: Was the hit unavoidable? Wilson certainly altered his route to lead with his left shoulder. He absolutely extended up through the hit. And he eventually was propelled off his feet. moncler jackets outlet

Three games. And another chapter in this rivalry. Will it change the Capitals’ course? That’s up to them.

Either way, the injury to Aston Reese is serious and must be taken seriously. And so we come to what probably should be the crux of all this: We know that CTE is real. We know concussions can have adverse effects on athletes long after their playing days are over. So the broadest, most important question: Should hits to the head, even those that are accidental or inevitable, be eliminated from the sport of hockey.