Wilson suspended seven games, will not play for Capitals against Flyers

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Tom Wilson was suspended seven games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Saturday and, pending an appeal, will not play for the Washington Capitals against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, NBCSWA, NHL.TV).

It is the fifth suspension in the NHL for the forward, all since September 2017, and his first since the start of the 2018-19 season.

Wilson is being suspended for boarding Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo on Friday. The incident occurred at 18:27 of the first period of Washington’s 5-1 loss at TD Garden.

Wilson did not receive a penalty. Carlo left the game and was hospitalized for an upper-body injury; he was released Saturday.

Wilson previously was suspended two preseason games for interference against St. Louis Blues forward Robert Thomas during a preseason game Sept. 22, 2017; four regular-season games for boarding Blues forward Sammy Blais during a preseason game Oct. 1, 2017; three Stanley Cup Playoff games for an illegal check to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese in a playoff game May 1, 2018; and 20 regular-season games for an illegal check to the head of Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in a preseason game Sept. 20, 2018.

The 20-game suspension was reduced to 14 games by a neutral arbitrator, and Wilson missed the first 16 games of that season.

Wilson would be eligible to return March 20 against the New York Rangers. He has scored 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 21 games this season.

He entered the NHL in 2013-14 and has 205 points (85 goals, 120 assists) and 1,052 penalty minutes in 543 NHL games, all with Washington.

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