Just like Washington’s last visit to Philly, Tuesday’s Caps-Flyers game was ugly. While the matchup on November 1st took a turn for the worst after some Flyers shenanigans, this time it was all on the Caps — specifically Tom Wilson and his charge on Brayden Schenn in the second period. Wilson got a five-minute major and a game misconduct for his troubles. While I think the hit was unnecessary, Wilson never left his feet. If the hit occurred at open ice, it likely would have gone uncalled. Nevertheless, it didn’t. Wilson will be receiving a call from Brendan Shanahan and will probably be sent to the press box for a few games.

There’s a lot of condemnation for Wilson going around, but Adam Oates is having none of it. He’s sticking up for his player.

“I thought it was a clean hit,” Oates told reporters after the game. “I really do. I watched it live, I saw it on the jumbotron, and I watched it again between periods. He had changed, he went across the ice, he slowed down, he saw Schenn come out of the pile with the puck, took two quick strides, Schenn saw him out the last second, and he hit him in the arm. You know, he’s a big strong guy. He hit him hard, yeah. But to me it’s  a clean hit. I don’t even think it was a penalty at all.”

“It’s a game-changing call,” he added. “They call it the way they see it. I can’t do anything about it.”

“I feel bad for Willy,” Oates concluded.

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  • Luc

    I don’t think Tom Wilson deserved the two minute major or the game misconduct. Brayden Schenn made it worse for himself by turning his back at the last second. If Schenn didn’t turn his back, that hit is maybe a two minute charging call and the rest of the game is a completely different story.

  • Freedoooom

    RMMBs take on this hit is stupid.

    Remember Chimer and McQuaid, people finally decided to accept McQuaid turned, but it was still “charging.” Well the NHL decided he had the right to forecheck and McQuaid was at fault for turning. No suspension.

    Then came the Bernier and Scuderi hit in game 6 of the SCF in 2012, same thing, player turns, but no no no Bernier charged. No suspension.

    Players have the right to forecheck. Douglas Murray is a guy you can watch a few years ago and he charged every damn game, he was a defense man on the left side and would go out of position to make a hit on the other side. Charging isn’t about a player going in on the forecheck.

  • Pat Magee

    I feel bad for willy too, Adam. You’re treating him like dog sh*t keeping him on the 4th line where he has no chance to prove himself.

  • Roman Z.

    Breaking news: Adam Oates thinks there’s nothing that needs fixing in his team!

  • Dark Stranger

    Actually, it was a 5 minute major. I think the fact that Schenn went into the boards was what earned the call.

  • OlietheGoalie

    Whoa there, sailor. He’s a 1st year NHLer. Give him time.

  • OlietheGoalie

    Whether or not it was a fair hit is irrelevant. It’s all about what the refs see. I saw Wilson send the guy crashing into the boards, I saw the dude’s head bounce back. Boom, that’s the call.

    Do I think Wilson did it on purpose? Nope. But thems the breaks.

  • themav80

    I’ve always hated the Charging penalty in general, just because it is so arbitrary.

    It’s all up to the Ref to determine if that check was delivered just a little too hard, which is ridiculous.

  • BrazGoalie

    honestly that shouldn’t be charging; it should be boarding cause he was not going straight to hit him for no reason, Scheen had the puck. The hit was clean if it was open ice.

  • Luc

    Yea. I meant five lol.

  • Mike Reppenhagen

    I’m not going to talk about how wrong I think Oates is here, I’m just wondering where is this unwavering support for guys like Orlov who are gutting it out there and can’t get a single attaboy from him?

  • Owen Johnson

    He clearly didn’t have intent and you can definitely argue against doling out a suspention, but come on Oatsy, that’s clearly a penalty.

  • Owen Johnson

    Nice avatar. Tyrannosaurs in F-14s!