Tom Wilson will not be stopped.
On Tuesday, the Players’ Department of Safety announced that the Capitals striker had been fined $ 5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for rude execution. Wilson received a total of 14 minutes of penalty minutes for his role in the brawl between the second period: a 10-minute foul and a four-minute double-minor for rough execution.
Tom Wilson of Washington was fined $ 5,000, which is the maximum allowable according to the CBA, for Pavel Buchnevich of the Roughing NY Rangers.
– NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) May 4, 2021
The $ 5,000 fine is all the punishment Wilson will receive in the play. According to Emily Kaplan of ESPN, DoPS fined Wilson just for hitting and saw the fight between 43 and Panarin after something normal and it “happens every night.”
I understand why people are upset / confused about the lack of suspension for Tom Wilson, but here’s how they saw it from the Department of Player Safety.
– Buchnevich’s fall is not much.
-The blow is what Wilson was fined for.
-Everything after? Two boys fighting, which happens every night. https://t.co/t2HeFFLYPd
– Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) May 4, 2021
The fight between the Capitals and Rangers began after Vitek Vanecek stopped Pavel Buchnevich’s goal during a Caps penalty kick. After playing the game, Wilson hit Buchnevich in the head while the Rangers striker lay defenseless and face down on the ice.
The two teams got into an angry fight when Artemi Panarin jumped on Wilson’s back to take him down from Ryan Stroim. As they fought, Wilson rubbed Panarin and pushed him into the ice. Panarin left the game with an injury to his lower body.
Tom Wilson receives a 10-minute offense for striking Buchnevich in the head on the ground and hitting Panarin’s body pic.twitter.com/fg2HRej8yD
– Brady Tretnero (@BradyTrett) May 4, 2021
After the match, head coach David Quinn and Mika Zibanejad expressed their thoughts on Wilson, saying that the rough right-wing victory had no respect for the game.
Quinn revealed during a press conference that Panarin was “fine”, but later in the night, Sportsnet’s Elliott Friedman announced that Panarin was coming out for the other three games of the Rangers season.
Earlier this season, Wilson was suspended for seven games due to the “combination of circumstances” in what officials on the ice considered a legitimate hit by Brandon Carlo.
Wilson has been removed five times in his career before.
Here is the full press release from the Player Safety Department:
Wilson from the capital was fined for rudeness
NEW YORK (May 4, 2021) – Washington Capitals striker Tom Wilson was fined $ 5,000, the maximum amount allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for rough New York Rangers striker Pavel Buchnevich during NHL match № 814 in New York on Monday, May 3, security department of National Hockey League players announced today.
The incident happened at 7:40 of the second period. Wilson was sentenced to two small penalties for fouls and a 10-minute foul.
The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Fund.
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