Tom Wilson goes viral for shocking high stick against Noah Gregor

Should he have received additional punishment?



Washington Capitals enforcer Tom Wilson has run afoul of the National Hockey League more than a few times in his career, with two notable examples being his blindsight hit on Oskar Sundqvist in 2018 along with his stunning on-ice attack of Rangers forward Artemi Panarin in 2021. 

And during last night's game against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs at Capital One Arena, he once again went viral for a shocking incident. However, it appears as though it may have been accidental, though a player like Wilson isn't necessarily going to get the benefit of the doubt.

During the 1st period of what would eventually be a 7-3 Leafs victory, Wilson caught Gregor up high with a one-handed swing of his stick to the latter's face. Wilson immediately appeared to regret the action, but was still assessed a four-minute double minor.

The Leafs would make Wilson and the Capitals pay by scoring on the ensuing power play. But should Wilson have gotten in additional trouble with the on-ice officials or perhaps even the National Hockey League Department of Player Safety? 

He's been suspended five times in his career, including the aforementioned incident against Sundqvist that earned him a 20-game ban.

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