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Tom Wilson Washington Capitals dirty hit, suspension

In fairness, it was more of a short “Pedigree” reminiscent of Triple H’s WWE career than it was a DDT that Tom Wilson delivered on New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich. The assault touched off an angry brawl midway through the second period in the Washington Capitals 6-3 win over the New York Rangers on Monday night.

The Washington win pushed them past the Pittsburgh Penguins and back into first place in the MassMutual East Division, but that won’t be the story on Tuesday morning.

During a pileup at the Washington net, Wilson drove Buchnevich’s face into the ice and delivered a punch for good measure. As the fists flew, Wilson grabbed New York star Artemi Panarin and pummeled him, too. Both kept the gloves on, but Wilson landed a fleury of punches until more Rangers grabbed Wilson, who appeared to grab Panarin’s hair and slam him to the ice.

It was another wild situation which NHL’s leading villain set in motion during a season of borderline hits and calls for supplementary discipline.

Wilson was suspended for seven games in March for boarding Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo, which sent Carlo to the hospital. The NHL cited Wilson’s long history of disciplinary action. They didn’t cite the other close calls this season.

The situation drew an awkward tweet from the Capitals organization that seemed to revel in the brawl and the extra-legal hits which sparked the melee. Steer into the skid, I suppose?

 

Tom Wilson was given only a couple of roughing minors and a misconduct penalty. Not only did Wilson bulldog a defenseless Buchnevich, but Wilson also ragdolled then faceplanted Panarin while he continued punching, too. It sure seemed like intent to injure from the replays, which should have been an ejection.

“Just horrible. Zero respect,” Rangers center Mika Zibanejad said. “I don’t know why I’m surprised. Just horrible.”

Quote from ESPN. Wilson was allowed to remain in the game and even scored the Washington empty-net goal to seal the win.

The MSG network found a close-up of the near assault, and Wilson did some posing and mockery from the penalty box, too.

 

UPDATE: Watch this alternate angle video. It just gets worst.

Update #2: According to Sportsnet, the New York Rangers do not expect Panarin to play again this season.

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Cal Reid
Cal Reid
11 days ago

I love hard hitting and scraps in hockey but this guy is a true Piece of Shit. I hope the NHL gets rid of this clown for good.

Chris Pohl
Chris Pohl
11 days ago

What’s the guess on the suspension? does it run into the playoffs?

Dan Kingerski
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11 days ago
Reply to  Chris Pohl

Raffi Torres got 21 games in 2012. I think this is as bad or worse than Torres’ launch hit on Hossa. 20 games is my guess. The reverse angle with the hair pull is astounding.

Ed Andrews
Ed Andrews
10 days ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

but did Raffi have the same extensive history Wilson had

BigBallsBob
BigBallsBob
10 days ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

They should throw the book at him, but remember that the NHL is as bad as the NFL at handing out discipline that makes sense. He’s going to get off light on this one unfortunately.

Ed Andrews
Ed Andrews
10 days ago

Where is Ryan Reeves when you need him, Wilson is such a Goon until someelse takes him out hard and then they going to complain it was not fair. The dude does not learn he is a good enough player that he does not need to do that shit, the issue here is he likes it and is a bully. he should be suspended for a yearand take anger managment classes

Steve
Steve
10 days ago
Reply to  Ed Andrews

Remember though. In the let them police themselves school, Wilson should fight Reeves. He won’t. There is no accountability there.

Steven Kalabokes
Steven Kalabokes
10 days ago

The NHL Safety office is a sham! They need to suspend this moron for a year and then
make him reapply. How many players is this goon going to injure before the NHL safety office acts. Throw him out for a year and if he repeats, kick him out of the NHL. The NHL Safety Office is playing with fire.

longdongsilver
longdongsilver
10 days ago

His stiff punishment kind of makes me want to sucker punch someone I don’t like and request that my court case be heard by the NHL department of player safety.

All the NHL did here was open up the door to more of this type of behavior.
I’m sure most remember the Pens/Isles brawl from about 10 years ago.

Chris Pohl
Chris Pohl
10 days ago

Wednesday’s rematch should be interesting

Donald L Davin Jr
Donald L Davin Jr
10 days ago

Tom Wilson is a creep not a hockey player, people want to say he has skills, he only has skills after he wipes out half the other team wit cheap shot.

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