Needless to say, Barry Trotz is thrilled to still have Tom Wilson in his lineup for Game 3 on Tuesday night.
Wilson avoided punishment on Monday after the NHL’s Department of Player Safety opted not to review his hit on Brian Dumoulin in Washington’s 4-1 win over the Penguins on Sunday.
“Each organization, each fan base will have their opinions,” Trotz told reporters Monday at the team’s practice facility in Arlington, Va. “That’s why there’s a neutral party in this.”
Trotz said that the 24-year-old has had to overcome a bad reputation for dirty play. Wilson, who was suspended four games for a boarding penalty in the preseason, was second only to Florida’s Michael Haley (212) with 186 penalty minutes this season.
Despite that, Wilson also established career highs in goals (14), assists (21) and points (35) while skating on Washington’s top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Teammate Matt Niskanen, who was at the center of controversy in last year’s playoff series against the Penguins for crosschecking Sidney Crosby, called Wilson “a bull in a china shop” and added that Wilson has found a way to play in the gray areas.
• Trotz announced that T.J. Oshie, who suffered an arm injury late in the third period blocking a shot, is fine and that he expects to use the same lineup Tuesday.
• Andre Burakovsky, out since Game 2 of the first round against Columbus with a shoulder injury that required surgery, will not accompany the Capitals to Pittsburgh. Burakovsky could resume skating this week but is not expected to play in the second round.
• Unlike the Penguins, the Capitals did not take the ice for practice Monday.