May: Opinions on Caps' Wilson are 'garbage'

Ben Krimmel
November 15, 2018 - 10:07 am

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Alan May calls out tight officiating and "garbage" opinions about Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson. 

"It's funny all the garbage on Twitter," May told The Sports Junkies Thursday. "The crap that I see on Twitter aimed at Tom Wilson."

"And some guys that used to work on TV, but no longer work in TV and it's probably why they no longer work in TV, some of their opinions were just garbage," May continued.

Wilson, who returned to the ice Tuesday after his 20 game suspension was shortened to 14 games by a neutral arbitrator, had an eventful debut scoring a goal and getting into a fight with the Wild's Marcus Foligno. 

But it was the penalty call of goaltender interference that drew the ire of May. 

"It was absolutely awful and disgusting," May said. "(Wilson) did what every coach wants in the National Hockey League... drive in a straight line to the net, you get your stick on the ice, he gets a perfect feed from (Dmitry) Orlov, he scores the goal, it's over the goal line by about a foot, he misses the goalie, Tom's feet stayed on the ice the entire time. Ryan Suter, who was out of position and beat by Tom, takes his own goaltender out, his knee goes into Dubnyk's head, Dubnyk ends up hurting his neck."

"It makes me crazy, plays like that. And, you know, it's just a small incident," May said. "Hopefully the referees aren't just gonna give him a call for anything he does on the ice. The guy's basically playing no-hit hockey right now and (the refs) have got to loosen up. And I really like the way he's played, but it's kinda affecting his game because, you know, he's turning away from too many hits thinking he's gonna get a penalty for the perfect like half-speed marginal hit. And it's a tough way to have to play the game." 

"Hockey's no fun when there's no contact out there," May said.  

May took to Twitter after the hit and got into a back-and-forth with one user, telling him to "learn the game."

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