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Capitals’ Tom Wilson dodges suspension for punch, body blow in Rangers brawl

Tom Wilson skates again by discipline.

The Capitals forward sparked a skirmish in Monday night’s game against the Rangers after he punched Pavel Buchnevich on the stomach in the second period, but the NHL felt Wilson’s conduct somehow another did not deserve to be suspended. Instead, he was fined up to $ 5,000 for the punch.

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Wilson’s punch on Buchnevich, however, wasn’t particularly the most egregious act in the dust: as Rangers and Capitals players gathered, Wilson grabbed a helmetless Artemi Panarin by the hair and slammed on the ice in an incredibly vicious. and dangerous maneuver.

Panarin’s header missed the ice by a few inches and he would miss the rest of the game with a lower body injury. Interestingly, the NHL decided not to take a look at the Panarin incident separately.

Wilson would receive a 10-minute misconduct penalty for his part in the brawl, and the Rangers would lose the game 6-3, also missing a place in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Needless to say, the NHL showing questionable judgment in a penalty once again sparked outrage from fans on Tuesday.

The Rangers and Capitals meet Wednesday night.

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