Capitals Ruffian Tom Wilson Escapes Real Punishment For Role In Brawl

While the rest of the NHL has gotten soft, Tom Wilson keeps getting away with buffoonery.

The latest example came Monday, when the Washington Capitals forward set off a massive brawl during the second period of a 6-3 road win over the New York Rangers.

It all began when Capitals goalie Vitek Vanecek made a save. Several players then became entangled and then tussled inside the crease. Wilson took it to another level, punching Pavel Buchnevich right in the head.

Of course, Wilson wasn’t finished. He followed that by body-slamming Artemiy Panarin to the ice.

Inexplicably, Wilson received just a $5,000 fine for his role in the altercation. That’s the max fine, but you would think he would’ve also gotten a suspension. In a league where players are no longer allowed to police themselves or retaliate, Wilson keeps getting away with these types of acts with a mere slap on the wrist.

“I figure you should have some more respect for the game and for the players,” Rangers center Mika Zibanejad said of Wilson’s play. “I don’t honestly know where to start. It’s just horrible. Zero respect. I don’t know why I’m surprised, but yeah, just horrible.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. Another lousy take here. Go watch the video again. Buchnevich makes a clear kicking motion at the Caps goalie, Vitek Vanecek. That is what drew the ire of the Caps and Tom Wilson, you don’t do that to a goalie and his move was quite dangerous and could’ve resulted in serious injury. Panarin then jumped on Wilson so he put himself into the fray. Wilson deserved the extraminors, a misconduct and fine, but calling for anymore is ridiculous.
    The Rangers press release, from the owner himself, was an embarrassment to the NHL yet the paid off NY and National media are too misinformed and chicken bleep to call them out for it. JD and Jeff Gorton were building a nice team there, the Rangers meddling owner firing them will set them back a few years.

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