The Capitals’ 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks last night was an eventful one, from beginning to end. Just before the end of the game, Caps defenseman Madison Bowey took a vicious slash from Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon, and the NHL took notice of it, as Dillon will have a hearing tonight with the NHL Department of Player Safety.
The NHL stated before the season that they would crack down on slashing and they have followed through with that statement. San Jose’s own Joe Thornton was recently fined $5,000 (the maximum allowable fine under the Collective Bargaining Agreement) for slashing. Dillon’s slash came in the closing seconds of the Sharks’ loss to the Caps, and after clutching his hand following the slash, there was concern among Capitals fans that Bowey had been injured.
San Jose’s Brenden Dillon will have a hearing tonight for slashing Washington’s Madison Bowey.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) December 5, 2017
However, Bowey practiced with the team this morning and appeared none the worse for wear. As mentioned above, the maximum amount in terms of fines would be $5,000. There has been no indication whether the slash on Bowey could result in a suspension, however, Dillon clearly did so with intent.
— Becca (@BeccaH_JR) December 5, 2017
By Michael Fleetwood