Brawl on Broadway: Scramble In Front of the Capitals’ Net Leads To Two-Team Brawl

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With the Washington Capitals having lost captain Alex Ovechkin after one shift, with two forwards and a defenseman already out of the lineup, the team would require grit and grind from the rest of the lineup to find a way to beat the New York Rangers.

However, the second period of play would see a scramble in front of Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek turn into a multi-player pile as the two teams saw tempers flare.

With the Caps down 3-2 having allowed three consecutive goals from the Blueshirts, the Rangers contained the puck in the offensive zone. After Vanecek made a save on a Rangers shot.

The crease became crowded as players began to pile on one another. The Capitals’ Tom Wilson found himself in the middle of it, and delivered a punch to Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich, which resulted in retaliation from multiple New York skaters.

The penalty list for the scrum was lengthy:

Tom Wilson – 10 min Game Misconduct, 2 PIM for Roughing, 2 PIM for Roughing
Brenden Dillon – 2 PIM for Roughing
Artemi Panarin – 2 PIM for Roughing
Pavel Buchnevich – 2 PIM for Roughing

As one might expect, the reaction to Wilson’s involvement in the scrum drew the ire on social media:

The Capitals ended the night in a decisive 6-3 victory, with Wilson adding an empty-net goal to seal the win for the Caps.

Capitals Head Coach Peter Laviolette commented on the dustup after the game, saying:

“I thought it was just a scrum, like physical play. There was something going on, originally with the goalie and the jamming at the goalie and we had a bunch of players jump in there. Happens a lot.”

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. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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9 Responses to Brawl on Broadway: Scramble In Front of the Capitals’ Net Leads To Two-Team Brawl

  1. Anonymous says:

    Tom Wilson is like the hot chick that won’t date you, so you get pissed and call her names. But if she called you one night….

  2. Scottlew73 says:

    Any good thing Wilson does is almost right away cancelled out by doing something stupid! Couldn’t find someone his size to take on? Second coming of Sean Avery!!

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Panarin grabbed him around the neck. I’m fighting back if someone grabs me around my neck, regardless of size.

      • Ernie says:

        Worse than that really, he had as many as 3 Rangers on him at once multiple times during the scrum (with no 3rd man in called). How dare he defend himself with guys coming at him from all directions at once! Maybe Panarin will think twice about jumping on his (or anyones) back again. I also like how everyone skips over the guy he punched kicking VV after the whistle (which is probably why he got punched).

    • Diane Doyle says:

      I don’t think Wilson is the second coming of Sean Avery. They have a totally different style of playing. Avery’s the agitator type. Wilson’s the physical power forward. Avery seemed to have more problems in relationships with teammates and/or coaches from what I remember. To the best of my knowledge, Wilson hasn’t had problems with coaches or teammates. But hard to know what happens behind closed doors.

  3. Anonymous says:

    So much of this goes on in hockey every game. If he is reprimanded, it’s by previous reputation, which I have a problem with.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Capitals were down 3-2, Tom Wilson did what goons do. Sparked his team to comeback and kick ass.

  5. John K Fisher says:

    It goes back to the Flyers days and the Bullies of Broad Street. Wilson is our enforcer . He’s the Force of F St!, or the Sacker of 7Th. take your choice.

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