Trent Frederic, Tom Wilson

Washington’s Tom Wilson, left, fights with Trent Frederic of the Bruins during Friday’s game in Boston. Earlier in the game, Wilson delivered a high, hard hit against the boards that sent Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo to the hospital. Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

BOSTON — Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo was released from the hospital Saturday after spending the night following a head hit from Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson.

Later Saturday, Wilson was suspended for seven games by the NHL without pay after an Zoom hearing to discuss the incident.

Wilson is one of the league’s most penalized and suspended players, but he is not considered a repeat offender because his last suspension was more than 18 months ago.

Bruins Coach Bruce Cassidy said Carlo was back home and did not attend practice.

Carlo left Friday night’s game against the Capitals after Wilson hit him late in the first period, smashing his head into the glass with his hands and stick. Cassidy called the hit “predatory”; Washington Coach Peter Laviolette said he thought it was a legal hit.

No penalty was called.

Boston’s Trent Frederic and Jarred Tinordi both fought Wilson later in the game, which the Bruins won 5-1.

The suspension will cost Wilson $311,782.

PREDATORS: Nashville placed Matt Duchene on injured reserve because of a lower-body injury that is expected to sideline the veteran center for three to five weeks.

BLUES: St. Louis activated Vladimir Tarasenko from injured reserve.

The forward – a five-time 30-goal scorer – has not played this season after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder last August.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

ISLANDERS 5, SABRES 2: Mathew Barzal and Scott Mayfield each had a goal and an assist, and New York won at home for its fourth straight victory.

PENGUINS 4, FLYERS 3: Jared McCann pounced on a rebound and knocked it past Bryan Elliott with less than 10 minutes to go as the Penguins took two of three from the Flyers during Philadelphia’s extended stay in Pittsburgh.

Zach Aston-Reese, Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin also scored for Pittsburgh.

RANGERS 6, DEVILS 3: Ryan Strome scored twice and visiting New York sent New Jersey to its fifth straight defeat and eighth in nine games.

PANTHERS 6, PREDATORS 2: Noel Acciari scored three goals for his third career hat trick, and Florida won at Nashville.

CANADIENS 7, JETS 1: Brendan Gallagher scored twice in Montreal’s four-goal second period as the Canadiens routed visiting Winnipeg.

CANUCKS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2: Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller scored in a 42-second span in the third period, and Vancouver swept a two-game series at home.

COYOTES 5, WILD 2: Tyler Pitlick scored twice, Conor Garland had a goal and an assist, and Arizona beat visiting Minnesota.

SHARKS 5, BLUE JACKETS 0: Joe Pavelski scored his NHL-leading ninth power-play goal and Dallas defeated visiting Columbus for only its second win in the last 12 games.


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