The children are getting unruly. The NHL had to hand out discipline for the wildfires sparked by Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson on Tuesday, and the New York Rangers’ responses both on and off the ice. The North Division is awash in unbelievable offensive seasons from Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid, and the Pittsburgh Penguins may have struck gold with Jeff Carter who popped four goals on Thursday.
The already frantic NHL season has reached a fever pitch, and the playoffs haven’t even started (or been scheduled).
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Holy Jeff Carter. The Pittsburgh Penguins hopped on the firewagon and beat the Buffalo Sabres 8-4. Carter had a grand slam.
Sidney Crosby was named the Penguins team MVP.
PHN+: The Penguins’ full breakdown for everything Carter and beyond, including the Penguins team grades.
Rangers-Capitals, Tom Wilson Fallout
The NHL lowered the boom on the New York Rangers for their comments (and probably the gong show on Wednesday night). The league fined the Rangers $250,000, otherwise known as 50 punishments for Tom Wilson. The NHL statement:
“Public comments of the nature issued by the Rangers that were personal in nature and demeaning of a League executive will not be tolerated,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “While we don’t expect our Clubs to agree with every decision rendered by the Department of Player Safety, the extent to which the Rangers expressed their disagreement was unacceptable. It is terribly unfair to question George Parros’ professionalism and dedication to his role and the Department of Player Safety.”
TSN: If the Rangers wanted to enact change, sources told Frank Seravalli their words had the opposite effect and galvanized support for George Parros.
Parros is well regarded, or was. The Rangers overstepped. They could have gotten away with “dereliction of duty” but calling Parros “unfit” was too much. You don’t insult people in hockey; you explain why they deserve to be insulted but you don’t actually insult them.
Yahoo Sports: The DoPS, led by Parros, suspended Pavel Buchnevich for one game because of his cross check to Anthony Mantha’s teeth.
NHL & National Hockey Now
Sportsnet: Austin Matthews scored his 40th goal before playing game 50. That’s 1980s awesome for Matthews.
Boston Hockey Now: The Bruins have won five of six. After a draining week, the Rangers were toast and Bruins took care of business against New York 4-0 on Thursday.
NYI: The Islanders fall continued with another bad loss….
Philly: The Philadelphia Flyers are calling up their top prospects, like Cam York, and letting them play.
San Jose: What has Bob Boughner done right?
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