After the ice chips had settled and the Washington Capitals’ chaotic game against the New York Rangers on Monday night was over, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety fined Capitals right wing Tom Wilson $5,000 for his involvement in a brawl that erupted during the second period at Madison Square Garden. On Tuesday evening, the Rangers released a statement taking aim at DoPs Head George Parros and Wilson’s actions.
The Rangers released the following statement, which called Wilson’s actions that injured Rangers star forward Artemi Panarin, “horrifying acts of violence”, and that Player Safety’s decision not to suspend the Capitals’ rugged winger indefinitely is “shocking”.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 4, 2021
The Rangers also stated their belief that Parros is “unfit to continue in his current role”. Wilson received 14 minutes of penalties in the contest, and drew the ire of many on social media, just a few months after being suspended seven games for a hit on Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo.
The Capitals will not be responding to the Rangers statement and will let the NHL handle, per a team spokesman.
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) May 4, 2021
The Capitals and Rangers wrap-up their season series Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00 PM.
By Michael Fleetwood