Monday Madness: Tempers Flare in Capitals-Ducks Contest, Garnet Hathaway Given Match Penalty

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Already dominating play in their Monday night game against the Anaheim Ducks at Capital One Arena, the Capitals kicked up their intense play with some back-and-forth physical play with the visitors in the second period. However, the tempers boiled over in the final minute of the second period following a huge hit by Brendan Leipsic.

With the Caps already up 2-0 on a night in which John Carlson extended his personal scoring streak, the play between the two clubs began to rise in intensity as the closing minute of the second frame drew near. However, as Chandler Stephenson potted a wicked wrist shot past Anaheim netminder John Gibson, Brendan Leipsic was causing a stir with three Anaheim defenders after a huge hit on the Ducks’ Derek Grant.

The hit was followed by mayhem, as Garnet Hathaway joined the fray, landing a few fists to Grant, before being separated by the officials, who were also attempting to separate Leipsic from the melee. However, things would not die down as Nick Ritchie and Erik Gudbranson became involved, and once the dust settled, both teams were handed a healthy dose of penalty minutes. The most notable of the infractions was a match penalty handed to Hathaway for spitting on Gudbranson.

Video: NBC Sports Washington

The match penalty immediately requires Hathaway to be suspended for one game, pending a review from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The Capitals’ next game is on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. The full compliment of penalties is as follows:

Right before the melee broke out, Chandler Stephenson scored on an assist from Hathaway, to give the Caps a 3-0 lead at the time of the goal.

After the game, Hathaway expressed regret for his actions:

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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10 Responses to Monday Madness: Tempers Flare in Capitals-Ducks Contest, Garnet Hathaway Given Match Penalty

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Hooray for the Combat Caps! Fourth Line Fights (just like they’re supposed to), Panik scores (part of his job description), and the Caps matched the Dirty Ducks in the rough stuff. A great Caps win against a team that has intimidated them in the recent past.

    Not getting out-toughed is of paramount importance! PIT, TBL, PHI and CAR have done it to the Caps in recent years. ANA and LAK did it too …. but not tonight! Delightful to see Hathaway and Leipsic in the melee.

  2. Anonymous says:

    That was more than just a minor sucker punch, but the spitting was a bad reaction.

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