Washington Capital forward Tom Wilson has been fined $ 5,000 for punching New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich in the back of the head as he faces down on the ice, according to the Players Safety Department. Of NHL
Wilson will not hear about throwing Rangers Star Artemipanarin down the ice in the ensuing battle. Rangers said Wilson injured Panarin, who did not return for the third part of a 6-3 loss to the capital on Monday night.
The fine is the maximum amount allowed under a collective bargaining agreement.
In the second period Buchnevich had a chance to score the front-goal of Capitals goalkeeper Vitek Vanecek while fighting for the puck.Buchnevich fell to the ice first and Wilson delivered a punch to the back of his head.
Wilson was pulled from Buchnevich by Rangers Center Ryan Strome, causing a bigger fight. Parin jumped onto Wilson’s back to stop him from punching Strome. Wilson and Panarin peeled off, and Wilson finally pulled Panarin’s helmet off as He pulled him down the ice with great force. Parin tried to get up and Wilson pushed him back down again.
“I think you should have more respect for the game and for the players,” Mika Zibanejad said after the game. “It was terrifying. Zero respect. I don’t know why I was surprised. It was scary.”
The NHL focused on three factors in assessing the complementary discipline for Wilson, the first being Buchnevich’s knockdown in the fold, which the league felt was not serious, and Wilson did not drive down Buchnevich’s neck with his cane.
Second, Wilson’s gloved fist went to the back of Buchnevich’s head while the Rangers were on the ice. The force and position of the punch are important to consider. Ultimately, the league considers such events to be common within the context of net-round combat. But deserves a fine
Speaking of Wilson, throwing Narin at the ice league felt it was natural when players were involved during the fight. Wilson did not seek Panarin to hurt him, Panarin jumped on Wilson’s back to pull him off Strome, and Wilson responded by throwing him at the ice twice. The NHL did not find enough evidence that Wilson pulled Panrin down to the ice with his hair, a theory popularized on social media on Monday night.
Rangers boss David Quinn said after the game that Panarin “agreed” but losing him for the rest of the game. “It was a big blow” for the team.
“We’ve all seen it, there are lines that can’t be crossed in this game, basically this game has no respect, you have one of the star players in this league who could have suffered a serious injury,” said Quinn. Everyone saw what happened, and it happened over and over again to him, totally unnecessary. “
Wilson was given a double penalty for 10 minutes of rudeness and misconduct, allowing him to finish the game for the capital. He scored his 13th goal of the season for the top scoring in the third period of Washington’s 6-3 win.
“I think it was just a fight, physical play, something happened in the first place with the goalkeeper and stuck at the goalkeeper, we had a lot of players jumping in there, it happened.” Said Laviolette, the capital’s coach.
Wilson has been the lightning rod for controversy whenever his body crosses into an offense due to his long history of working with the NHL players’ safety department, including at the start of the season.
Wilson was suspended for seven games in March due to injury to Boston Bruins quarterback Brandon Carlo. It was Wilson’s fifth NHL career suspension.Four previous games came in 105 games between 2017-18, including a 20-game suspension for an illegal review against St. Louis Blues boss Oskar Sundqvist. On October 3, 2018, which was reduced to 14 games on the NHLPA appeal.
The capital faced the Rangers again on Wednesday night.