While the most controversial hit during Washington’s 4-1 victory over San Jose last night was the one Joe Thornton laid on T.J. Oshie, Thornton isn’t the one facing a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety. That honor lays with San Jose’s Brenden Dillon who will have a hearing for slashing Washington’s Madison Bowey.
The slashing occurred with five seconds left in the game when tensions were already high as a result of the situation surrounding the hit on Oshie. So it shouldn’t be too surprising that Dillon and Bowey had a little scuffle and exchanged a few words before Dillon received a five minute major and a game misconduct.
The slashing was rather severe as Dillon had two hands on his stick when he used it to hit Bowey on his wrist/hand area. It was also rather apparent that the move was retaliation for Bowey pushing him into the boards just seconds earlier.
The league has been cracking down on slashing this season and there’s already been four players who’ve received fines for slashing. Three of the players were fined $5,000 while one was charged just over $2,300, but that’s not the only possible disciplinary action. Radko Gudas from the Flyers, for instance, was suspended for 10 games earlier this season.
While Dillon is looking at further punishment, the good news is Bowey doesn’t appear to be largely impacted by the slashing. During an interview with Elliot in the Morning, he said X-Rays after the game showed that his wrist wasn’t broken and that he’s simply “taking it day-by-day.” He then participated in today’s practice at the Kettler Center and didn’t appear to be showing any symptoms.