In the second period of Monday’s match between Rangers and Citals, a scrum took place in front of the Citals net, and Citals striker Tom Wilson ended up getting into it with Rangers star striker Artemi Panarin and Pavel Buchnevich. The situation got worse than your average scrum when Panarin fell on the ice and Wilson repeatedly started hitting him.
Wilson received a double-minor penalty for gross along with a 10-minute offense for his actions, while Panarin ended up leaving the game due to a lower body injury and did not return.
On Tuesday, Wilson was fines $ 5,000, which is the maximum fine allowed under the collective agreement. The NHL specified that the fine is for Wilson stopping a defenseless Buchnevich – not for throwing Panarin on the ice.
After the 6-3 Citals victory, Rangers head coach David Quinn was convinced that Wilson crossed the line by injuring Panarin. Panarin.
“We all saw it. There are lines that can’t be crossed in this game,” Quinn said. “There’s just zero respect for the game in general. You got one of the star players in this league now who could have gotten seriously, seriously injured in that incident. You all saw what went on and it hpens over and over again with him Absolutely unnecessary. “
Quinn was not the only person on New York’s side to have a motto for Wilson:
Eventually, the team released a statement about the incident, saying the team was “extremely disposed” Wilson was not punished further for his actions.
The burning originally started when Buchnevich had a scoring chance in front of Cital goalkeeper Vitek Vanecek. Buchnevich ended up falling to the ice after the game was whistled, and Wilson delivered a blow to the back of Buchnevich’s head while he was down.
Rangers forward Ryan Strome was able to pull Wilson out of Buchnevich, and then Panarin got involved and jumped on Wilson’s back in an attempt to defend his teammates. Wilson pulled Panarin down to the ice and started hitting Panarin as he tried to get up.
Panarin ended up receiving a penalty kick in two minutes. Meanwhile, Wilson was able to return and scored a goal in the third period for Washington.
Quinn revealed after the game that Panarin was “okay”, but losing a player of his caliber was a “big blow” for the Rangers.
This is not Wilson’s first battle with controversy when it comes to his behavior on the ice, as Quinn noted. The Citals striker has been suspended for a total of 36 games over the course of his NHL career. The most sinister happened back in 2018 when he was suspended for 20 games for an illegal check on the head of blue striker Oskar Sundqvist in a preseason competition. Wilson was also suspended seven games in March for boarding Boston Bruins defender Brandon Carlo.