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Casey Cizikas takes out Tom Wilson with vicious spear to the groin

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Casey Cizikas (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Casey Cizikas takes out Tom Wilson with vicious spear to the groin

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Captials winger Tom Wilson was a marked man coming into Game 5 after his massive hit on Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky in Game 4. Casey Cizikas exacted a sliver of revenge, however, with a vicious slash to the groin of Wilson. There was no penalty on the play, but Cizikas might see a fine for his actions.

New York Islanders winger Casey Cizikas was none too pleased with Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson's booming body check on Lubomir Visnovsky in Game 4, and Cizikas was bent on getting his revenge in Game 5.

After Cizikas and Wilson came together following a whistle in the third period, and after the game had already begun to get chippy with the Captials up by a mile, Cizikas took the opportunity to deliver an ill-intentioned chop right to the groin of Wilson. Wilson, obviously feeling the effects, immediately fell to the ice (video via Sportsnet):

Because Cizikas wasn't even handed a minor penalty on the play -- because the play wasn't seen, not because slashing an opponents groin is legal -- there's not a great possibility that he finds himself suspended for Game 6, but it wouldn't be shocking in the least were he handed a fine for his actions. There's at least been precedent set for this kind of play, as Milan Lucic was hit with a $5,000 fine for a hack to the lower body of Danny DeKeyser in the 2013-14 post-season.

Cizikas wasn't the only player to take a shot at Wilson. Throughout the game, when the opportunity arose, every player that could lay a hit on the Capitals big winger did so. In the dying moments of the game, Islanders winger Matt Martin threw a hack on Wilson before a faceoff. In order to keep the game under control, however, the referees booted Martin from the tilt before anything further could break out.

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Casey Cizikas takes out Tom Wilson with vicious spear to the groin