Washington Capitals defenseman Tom Wilson destroyed Penguins forward Mark Jankowski during a 5-2 Thursday night win.
Late in the first period, Wilson dropped the hammer on Jankowski with a very late hit, and he sent the Penguins player straight to the ice. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
Naturally, he was hit with a penalty, but it might have been worth it. Watch the awesome hit below.
If you’re going to get a penalty, you might as well do it with as big a hit as possible. This one from Wilson on Jankowski was absolutely huge.
Jankowski to the room after this very, very late hit by Tom Wilson. Wilson assessed only a minor for interference pic.twitter.com/iehW9c7GYG
— NHL Safety Watch (@NHLSafetyWatch) February 26, 2021
Now, was it a shade dirty? Without a doubt, but it’s also a great reminder why you have to keep your head on a swivel.
As for whether or not Wilson thought it was a clean hit, according to JJ Regan, he did!
Wilson on the Jankowski hit: “I thought it was a great hit”
— JJ Regan (@JJReganNBCS) February 26, 2021
Monster hits are just part of the game in hockey. It’s the nature of the beast, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Now, might Wilson have to watch out when these teams meet again? Without a doubt, but I’m here for that kind of feud. Bring it on!