Brandon Carlo released from hospital Saturday morning after Tom Wilson hit


Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo was released from the hospital early Saturday morning, coach Bruce Cassidy told the media after Saturday's practice.

Carlo was the victim of a hard hit to the head by Capitals forward Tom Wilson in the first period of Friday night's game, which the Bruins won 5-1. He needed help getting off the ice and was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Cassidy said Carlo was back home now, but obviously not at the rink for Saturday's practice.

Wilson was somehow not penalized on the play, but it appears he will be facing some fairly serious supplemental discipline. Earlier Saturday morning, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced it had offered Wilson an in-person hearing, meaning the door is open for him to be suspended longer than five games.

Wilson has been suspended four times previously, most recently for 20 games in Oct. 2018 for a hit to the head of St. Louis' Oskar Sundqvist. That suspension ultimately ended after 16 games upon appeal.

With Carlo out, Connor Clifton moved up to the second pairing next to Jakub Zboril at Saturday's practice, with Urho Vaakanainen going in on the third pairing next to Jarred Tinordi.