Tom Wilson Got Tom Wilson'd By One Of The Only Players Capable Of Force Feeding Him His Own Medicine
I want to feel bad for Tom Wilson, I really do. After all, there aren't many feelings worse than having insult added to both figurative and then literal injury by way being mocked and manhandled all over the ice. Unfortunately, as much as it sucks that he was left seeing stars after having his head targeted maliciously on a hit that sent his ass ice bound for the third time on the evening, the collisions that collectively ended his night early all looked like "hockey plays" to me. The first rule of the road is to always be aware of drivers in your blindspot so maybe next time he won't spend so much time "admiring his pass" so that he doesn't end up getting wrecked by a rear-ending.
If we break down the film, frame-by-frame, it sure looks the collision between Tom Wilson as a one-time-only innocent bystander and Ryan Reaves as an ill-intended freight train was technically shoulder-on-shoulder. Therefore, regardless of serving absolutely no purpose whatsoever, it couldn't possibly cause a concussion! Seems pretty cut-and-dry to me, so it would be much appreciated if someone could ever-so-kindly notify the NHL's Department of Player Safety that there's nothing to see here.
In case you didn't catch my drift (which would be concerning, as it was basically a tidal wave of sarcasm), I've never wanted anything less than to feel bad for Tom Wilson. Obviously Ryan Reaves was guilty of malpractice in force-feeding him a dose of his own medicine, but when he comes to, I'd hope the patient in question would be self-aware enough to take some inventory of how goddamn stupid all of his go-to excuses for being a reckless asshole sound.
Whatever supplementary discipline comes the way of the Ryan Reaves - who is a goon in his own right - is well-deserved, but a proverbial nailing to the cross would be very fitting of him doing the Lord's work. Neither suspensions nor fines, of even the most insane length or cost, were enough to get through the thick skull of Tom Wilson, so someone his own size rattling it in ironic fashion was really the dirty work required if he's ever going to clean up his act. "Two" wrongs don't make a right, but the league had pretty much run out of acts of recourse other than retribution, so forcing him to shield his eyes from bright lights when walking into a room might have been the only remaining way to make sure many others don't have to do so in the future.
If the "do unto others" philosophy would be lost on anyone then it would be the NHL's resident runaway train, so I have my doubts as to whether last night's last resort will help him learn his lesson. However, even if it doesn't, it was still quite rich to see him get laughed at for overreacting to a perfectly legal hit before getting buckled by the exact same type of cheap shot that he's spent so much time delusionally defending.
UPDATE: Perfect, just what I was hoping for, ammunition for idiotic Capitals' fans that we're already locked, loaded, and ready to play the victim. What a dumb league...