Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals started a huge brawl during his team’s 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
Following a save by Capitals goalie Vitek Vanecek on a Rangers shot, a brawl ensued. Wilson started punching a prone Pavel Buchnevich in the head as several players were tussling inside the crease. During the ensuing donnybrook, Wilson followed up his battering of Buchnevich by body-slamming Artemiy Panarin to the ice.
Wilson was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty as well as a four-minute roughing penalty. Wilson flexed as he approached the penalty box to top it all off.
Wilson’s play was criticised by Rangers centre Mika Zibanejad, who said, “I figure you should have some more respect for the game and for the players.” “I don’t honestly know where to start, it’s just horrible. Zero respect. I don’t know why I’m surprised, but yeah, just horrible.”
Wilson scored an empty-net goal for the Capitals late in the third quarter.
With the Boston Bruins’ win over the New Jersey Devils, the Rangers were eliminated from playoff contention.
“We all saw it, and there are lines that can’t be crossed in this game,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “To me, it’s just zero respect for the game, in general. You get one of the star players in this league now, who could have got seriously, seriously hurt in that incident. … It happens time and time again with him, and it’s just totally unnecessary.”
Wilson has a long history of being suspended. Wilson received a seven-game suspension in March for his hit on Brandon Carlo of the Boston Bruins, who spent the night in the hospital after being slammed into the boards.
Wilson also received a 20-game suspension for an illegal blow to the head of Oskar Sundqvist during the 2018-19 preseason, which was later reduced to 14 games by an impartial arbitrator. In 105 games, he has been suspended four times.
Wilson, on the other hand, had gone more than two years without receiving a suspension prior to his suspension in March.