No hearing on Wilson hit
WASHINGTON — A person with direct knowledge of the decision says there will not be a disciplinary hearing for Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson for his hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the NHL does not announce when there is no hearing for a player.
Wilson struck Dumoulin in the head with his left shoulder 4:36 into the second period of Game 2 Sunday. No penalty was called. Dumoulin adjusted his positioning at the last second to brace for a hit from Alex Ovechkin, which was enough to keep Wilson from being suspended. Wilson will be available for Game 3 Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Wilson said after the game he watched replays and didn’t know what he could have done to avoid hitting Dumoulin’s head. Dumoulin remained down on the ice for several minutes, went down the tunnel and never returned.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and teammates expected the league to take a look at Wilson’s hit on Dumoulin in part because of the Capitals winger’s track record. Wilson was suspended twice this season stemming from incidents in exhibition games.
Francis fired by Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes have terminated the contract of demoted general manager and Hall of Fame player Ron Francis.
The Hurricanes announced the move Monday, nearly two months after Francis was reassigned to another front-office position while the team began a search for a new GM that will report directly to new owner Tom Dundon.
The 55-year-old Francis is a four-time All-Star who won the Stanley Cup twice with Pittsburgh in the 1990s. He took over as Carolina’s general manager in 2014 after being groomed for the position by former GM Jim Rutherford — who now is trying to win the Cup for a third straight year with the Penguins.
Carolina’s nine-year playoff drought is one of the longest in NHL history.
Lightning even series with Bruins
TAMPA, Fla. — Brayden Point had an empty-net goal and three assists and Tampa Bay Lightning found a way to slow Boston’s high-scoring line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand to beat the Bruins 4-2 in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series Monday night.
The victory evened the best-of-seven matchup between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. Game 3 is Wednesday night in Boston.
Point assisted on Tampa Bay’s first three goals before sealing the win with his empty-netter with 25.2 seconds left.
Yanni Gourde, Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat also scored for the Lightning, which rebounded from a 6-2 loss in Game 1.
Bergeron, Pastrnak and Marchand combined for three goals and 11 points in the opener. They had four more points in Game 2, but were unable to take over the game.
Charlie McAvoy scored for the Bruins late in the first period. Torey Krug’s late goal trimmed Tampa Bay’s lead to 3-2 with just over four minutes remaining.
Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 18 shots. Tuukka Rask finished with 27 saves for Boston.
— The Associated Press