Boston Bruins

May 11, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) skates with the puck as Boston Bruins defenseman Jack Ahcan (54) defends in the second period at Capital One Arena.

The Bruins are set to meet the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, beginning on Saturday. It will be another chapter in what has been one of the more heated rivalries in the NHL this season. That bad blood mainly stems from a hit by Capitals forward Tom Wilson that caused Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo to miss a significant amount of time with a head injury.

Since that game, Wilson’s antics have only gained momentum. Most notably, he was at the center of the Rangers-Capitals saga last week.

On Thursday morning, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy joined Toucher & Rich and was asked how he and his team plan to handle Wilson in their upcoming series.

“We’re a little better equipped – and I got to be careful how I see this – to handle the Tom Wilsons than maybe the Rangers were,” Cassidy explained. “It showed with Carlo. Listen, we can’t take back the hit on Carlo, right? It happened. The refs didn’t feel it was suspendable, yet the league gives him seven games. So we felt, ‘O.K., if the refs aren’t going to sort of handle this, then we will internally.’ And I thought we did. We had guys lined up to take care of business that night.”

You can listen to the full interview with Bruce Cassidy below:

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