There was bad blood between the teams after Monday’s game in which Capitals manager Tom Wilson committed a series of penalties, including one that knocked out Rangers star Artemi Panarin for the remainder of the season. due to an injury to the lower body.
That left the Rangers feeling the need to take matters into their own hands when the teams met again on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.
And it didn’t take long for the fists to fly. As soon as the puck fell to mark the start of the game, three fights broke out simultaneously.
Soon after, when Wilson first took to the ice, he was immediately attacked by a Washington player.
In the first half alone, 20 penalties were imposed, including 10 in the first minute.
The game saw a total of 141 penalty minutes, including 100 in the first half.
“I thought that was a great answer. And hats off to them for answering the bell. They knew our frustration. We resolved it and played the rest of the game.
“Most of the guys who fought today were pretty disappointed and would have liked to respond in the previous game. The guys who wanted to go up did.”
Amidst all the fighting, the Capitals were finally victorious, beating the Rangers 4-2 thanks in part to a hat trick from winger TJ Oshie.
Oshie, who missed Monday’s clash due to his father’s death from Alzheimer’s disease, was visibly moved on the bench after scoring.
Wilson is known for his tough, rugged game on the ice – he’s been suspended five times by the NHL – but the Rangers viewed his actions in Monday’s game as a step too far.
His fine of $ 5,000 was officially for hitting Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich in the back of the head while he was face down on the ice during a scrum in front of Rangers’ goal on Monday.
During the game, Wilson was fined two minor penalties for brutality and a 10-minute misconduct for the incident.
But that wasn’t his only transgression, as Panarin later jumped onto Wilson’s back to break up another altercation, after which Wilson appeared to grab the Rangers winger by the hair and whip him head first. in ice.
The New York squad have said Panarin will no longer play this season after sustaining a lower body injury and have declared NHL player safety chief George Parros unfit to continue in his post after inflicting a fine rather than a suspension.
In a statement from the Rangers team, they named Wilson a “dangerous and reckless” player with a history of similar acts on the ice, and argued that Wilson’s status as a repeat offender warranted suspension.
The Washington Capitals declined to respond to the Rangers’ statement and said they would let the NHL handle the situation.
The NHL did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
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