(Reuters) - Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was suspended for three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday for his hit on Pittsburgh Penguins’ Zach Aston-Reese in Game Three of the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
Wilson delivered the hit midway through the second period, connecting with Aston-Reese’s head and leaving the Penguins forward with a broken jaw and concussion that will keep him out of the remainder of the playoffs.
Wilson was not penalized during the game, but received the punishment after a hearing.
Washington leads the best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game Four set for Thursday in Pittsburgh.
Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; editing by Amlan Chakraborty