The scrap came after Capitals goalkeeper Vitek Vanecek saved on a shot from Rangers. As a number of players struggled into the crease, Wilson began hitting a prone position Pavel Buchnevich in the head. Wilson then followed up his beatings on Buchnevich by hitting Artemiy Panarin against the ice with his body during the ensuing donnybrook.
Wilson was given a 10-minute penalty for misconduct and four minutes for roughening. To top it all off, Wilson bowed down after going to the penalty area.
“I think you should have a little more respect for the game and the players,” Rangers center Mika Zibanejad said of Wilson’s game. ‘I really don’t know where to start, it’s just awful. No respect. I don’t know why I’m surprised, but yes, just awful. ‘
Wilson scored an empty goal for the Capitals late in the third period.
With the Boston Bruins victory over the New Jersey Devils, the Rangers were eliminated from the fight by the playoff.
“We’ve all seen it, and there are lines that cannot be crossed in this game,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “For me it’s just zero respect for the game in general. You now get one of the star players in this league who could have been seriously, seriously injured in that incident. … It happens to him over and over. and it just isn’t necessary at all. “
Wilson has an extensive history of suspensions. In March, Wilson was suspended for seven games after his hit on the Boston Bruins’ Brandon Carlo, who spent a night in hospital after being hit against the boards.
Wilson also received a 20-game suspension – later reduced to 14 games by an independent arbitrator – for an illegal hit against Oskar Sundqvist’s head during the 2018/19 preseason. That was his fourth suspension in 105 games.
Before his suspension in March, however, Wilson somehow managed to go over two years without getting a suspension.
Contributions: Vincent Mergogliano, The Journal News. The Associated Press.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tom Wilson starts a huge fight in the Capitals vs. Rangers match