Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo is out of the hospital, but his status for a return to the ice is week-to-week, according to coach Bruce Cassidy.
Carlo landed in the hospital due to a hit from Washington’s Tom Wilson, which earned the Capitals right winger a seven-game suspension after a hearing on Saturday.
The incident occurred Friday night with about 90 seconds left in the first period of Boston’s 5-1 home win. Carlo was fighting for the puck in a corner when Wilson skated toward him and lifted his right elbow, hitting Carlo in the head. Carlo’s head smashed into the glass, and he fell to the ice and remained there, eventually skating off under his own power.
Wilson wasn’t penalized on the play, but Carlo was taken to the hospital by ambulance. He was released Saturday morning.
Cassidy wouldn’t elaborate on Carlo’s injury and looked to move on from the incident.
“I was glad they looked at it, and they did assess some discipline,” said Cassidy. “I’ve made my feelings known on what I felt with the hit.”
“I’ve kind of moved on and getting ready for New Jersey.”
Pending an appeal, Wilson will not play for the Capitals on Sunday night when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers.
Wilson, 26, is one of the most penalized players in the NHL. With 1,052 penalty minutes in his eight-year career, Wilson is 10th on the list for penalty minutes among active players.
Each of the players on the list ahead of him have been in the league at least five years longer than Wilson.
–Field Level Media