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.
Tom Wilson of Washington was fined $ 5,000, the maximum allowed under the CBA, for Pavel Buchnevich of the Roughing NY Rangers.
– NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) May 4, 2021
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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.
#All in uppercase Tom Wilson is expected to be suspended from the NHL indefinitely.
Tom Wilson catches #NYR Artemi Panarin by the hair pulling him down as his body slams Panarin headfirst into the ice.
Enough is enough! Prohibit it for life. pic.twitter.com/M0pAtcLd60
– Hockey Hound (@HockeyHoundShow) May 4, 2021
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.
It’s so embarrassing that it almost makes me want to stop watching hockey. If someone like Tom Wilson can continue to endanger everyone on the ice and get slapped on the wrist for it, I’m not sure this is a league I can support.
– Brendan Burcroff (@BrendanBurcroff) May 4, 2021
Pushing a player by the neck and hitting him on the head with his head stuck against the ice is only a fine? Good to know!
– Milky Jonson (@Milky_Jonson) May 4, 2021
Wilson is going to kill a player someday because you do absolutely nothing to punish him
– Emily (@Iundqvist) May 4, 2021
You should remove the “player security” part of your title. How many players does Wilson have to injure before he has seen enough? Embarrassing.
– Joe Chrzanowski (@IntentOffsides) May 4, 2021
You realize that teams that take retribution into their own hands are the only result when you activate players like this, right? You make the game more dangerous by not taking on players like Wilson.
– Brett AM (@ BrettAM84) May 4, 2021
and what about the incident with Panarin?
– King Nic (@RangersNic) May 4, 2021
The Rangers and Capitals meet Wednesday night.