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Capitals’ Tom Wilson punches Pavel Buchnevich in head, slams Artemi Panarin to ice

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Tom Wilson is at it once more.

The Capitals proper winger as soon as once more blurred the strains of what is acceptable in Monday’s 6-3 win over the Rangers, not solely punching New York ahead Pavel Buchnevich’s head within the crease after play was stopped, but in addition slamming left winger Artemi Panarin to the ice after he got here to Buchnevich and Ryan Strome’s protection.

Strome went after Wilson after he punched Buchnevich within the center interval whereas the Rangers have been on the facility play. The incident happened on the 12:20 mark within the second interval:

MORE: Tom Wilson suspension timeline: Controversial Capital has constructed profession on blurring strains

This wasn’t a case of Wilson retaliating in opposition to Buchnevich for operating the goalie, both; the latter was introduced all the way down to the ice from behind, by his head, earlier than Wilson determined so as to add on after the whistle. Wilson was assessed a double-minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct, whereas Buchnevich and Panarin have been each penalized with roughing. Brendan Dillon additionally bought a roughing minor to provide the Rangers a two-man benefit for 27 seconds.

Wilson’s profession is a patchwork of suspensions, fines, questionable habits and outright harmful play. The latest egregious instance got here on March 5, when he boarded Boston’s Brandon Carlo, hitting him and inflicting his head to slam into the glass. The transfer wasn’t penalized within the sport, although the NHL did droop him seven video games for the infraction.

It is unsure what suspension or high quality the NHL will levy in opposition to Wilson, a repeat offender. However observers each inside and out of doors the league have known as for it to levy harsher penalties in opposition to him in an effort to maintain its gamers protected. The Capitals, for his or her half, appeared to not thoughts:

“I figured, it’s best to have some extra respect for the sport and for the gamers,” Rangers middle Mika Zibanejad mentioned after the match. “Yeah, I don’t even know, I don’t truthfully know the place to begin. It’s simply horrible. There’s zero respect and I don’t know why I’m shocked. However, yeah, it’s simply horrible.”

Stated Rangers coach David Quinn:

“All of us noticed it. There are strains that may’t be crossed on this sport and it is simply zero respect to the sport usually. You’ve one of many star gamers on this league now, who might have gotten significantly, significantly harm in that incident.”



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