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  • September 4, 2018 3:20 AM EDT
    The NHL suspended Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson three games on Wednesday for an illegal hit on Pittsburgh’s Zach Aston-Reese.

    The league announced the suspension less than 24 hours after Wilson broke Aston-Reese’s jaw with a violent collision near the Washington bench in the second period of Washington’s 4-3 Game 3 victory over the Penguins.

    Aston-Reese was stickhandling near the Capitals bench when Wilson drilled the rookie with his left shoulder. The force propelled Wilson up into the Washington bench while Aston-Reese lay on the ice for several moments before skating off. He was later diagnosed with a concussion and a broken jaw.

    The NHL’s Department of Player Safety ruled Wilson made Aston-Reese’s head the initial point of contact during the collision Tracy Walker Jersey , pointing out that Wilson did not have to pivot to his left side to hit Aston-Reese.

    The league said Aston-Reese made no sudden movement at the last second that made contact unavoidable. The league pointed out several ways Wilson could have finished the play legally only to instead launch himself at Aston-Reese.

    ”He extends up and into the hit unnecessarily,” the league said in a video.

    While Wilson was not penalized during the game Graham Glasgow Jersey , the league’s Department of Player Safety called for a hearing on Wednesday.

    This isn’t the first time this season Wilson has been disciplined by the league. He was forced to sit out two preseason games following a late hit on St. Louis Blues rookie Robert Thomas and was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for boarding Blues forward Sammy Blais shortly after his return.

    The league pointed out Wilson’s status as a repeat offender as a factor in the length of the suspension it handed out.

    Game 4 is scheduled for Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

    The Latest on the sentencing of Ronald Gasser, convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 road rage shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight (all times local):

    10:25 a.m.

    The man convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 road rage shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    A judge handed down the sentence Thursday for 56-year-old Ronald Gasser.

    Defense lawyers argued that Gasser fired in self-defense when McKnight walked up to his car following a 5-mile confrontation that began on a bridge spanning the Mississippi River in New Orleans and ended with gunfire in neighboring Jefferson Parish.

    McKnight was a high school football hero at Louisiana’s John Curtis Christian School. He signed with the University of Southern California in 2006. In the NFL Logan Thomas Jersey , he played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.

    10:15 a.m.

    The mother of slain former NFL player Joe McKnight has tearfully confronted her son’s killer.

    Jennifer McKnight testified about her loss Thursday during the sentencing hearing for 56-year-old Ronald Gasser.

    She left the courtroom sobbing after angrily telling Gasser ”You didn’t have to do that.”

    Gasser was convicted in January and awaits sentencing on a manslaughter charge.

    He killed the 28-year-old McKnight in December 2016 in what police described as a road rage shooting.

    6 a.m.

    The man convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 road-rage shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight faces sentencing in Louisiana.

    Fifty-six-year-old Ronald Gasser could get up to 40 years in prison when court convenes Thursday in suburban New Orleans.

    Gasser was convicted Jan. 26.

    Defense lawyers argued that Gasser fired in self-defense when McKnight walked up to his car following a 5-mile rolling confrontation that began on a bridge spanning the Mississippi River in New Orleans and ended with gunfire in neighboring Jefferson Parish.

    McKnight was a high school football hero at Louisiana’s John Curtis Christian School. He signed with the University of Southern California in 2006. In the NFL, he played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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