Tom Wilson is there again.
The Capitals right-winger again blurred the lines of what is acceptable in Monday’s 6-3 win over Rangers, not only hitting New York forward Pavel Buchnevich’s head in the crease after the game stoppage, but also hitting left winger Artemi Panarin on the ice after he came to the defense of Buchnevich and Ryan Strome.
Strome chased Wilson after hitting Buchnevich midway through the period as the Rangers were on the power play. The incident took place at 12:20 p.m. in the second period:
Artemiy Panarin reacts to Tom Wilson, the Rangers and the Caps enter a melee, and Wilson ends up facing Panarin on the ice … pic.twitter.com/OvCeGkDJyF
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Nor was it a case where Wilson fought back against Buchnevich for directing the goalkeeper; the latter was brought back onto the ice from behind, by his head, before Wilson decided to add after the whistle. Wilson was sentenced to a double minor for brutality and 10 minutes of misconduct, while Buchnevich and Panarin were both penalized for brutality. Brendan Dillon also got a brutal minor to give the Rangers a two-man advantage for 27 seconds.
Wilson’s career is a patchwork of suspensions, fines, questionable behavior and downright dangerous play. The most recent glaring example came on March 5, when he boarded Boston’s Brandon Carlo, hitting him and slamming his head in the window. The move was not penalized in the game, although the NHL suspended him seven games for the infraction.
🚨🚨🚨Breaking News: for good news, #NHLBruins Bruce Cassidy said Brandon Carlo was released from hospital early this morning. No further information at this stage. Carlo was taken by ambulance following this blow #All in uppercase Tom Wilson. pic.twitter.com/CKdtbJQE7W
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It is not known what suspension or fine the NHL will impose on Wilson, a repeat offender. But observers both inside and outside the league have called on him to impose tougher penalties in a bid to protect his players. The Capitals, for their part, didn’t seem to care:
“I thought you should have a little more respect for the game and for the players,” Rangers center Mika Zibanejad said after the game. “Yeah, I don’t even know, I honestly don’t know where to start. It’s just awful. There’s no respect and I don’t know why I’m surprised. But, yeah, it’s just awful. . “
Rangers coach David Quinn said:
“We’ve all seen it. There are lines that can’t be crossed in this game and it’s just zero respect for the game in general. You have one of the star players in this league now, who could have been seriously injured. this incident. “