Brawl On Broadway Part II: Capitals, Rangers Drop The Gloves One Second Into Chaotic First Period

After Monday night’s dramatic 6-3 win over the New York Rangers in which Right Wing Tom Wilson found himself in the crosshairs of the National Hockey League and the Rangers themselves, there was little doubt that there would be fireworks between the two teams in Wednesday night’s rematch at Madison Square Garden. Sure enough, the two teams did not disappoint.

It took just one second for things to pick up, as on the opening draw, the Capitals’ fourth-line of Carl Hagelin, Nic Dowd, and Garnet Hathaway dropped the gloves with the Rangers’ Kevin Rooney, Colin Blackwell, and Phillip Di Giuseppe in a full-out line brawl.

Less than a minute later, Rangers forward Brendan Smith went after Wilson, who answered the bell, crowding the Capitals’ and Rangers’ penalty boxes to the brim:

Just over three minutes later, new Capitals forward Michael Raffl dropped the gloves with New York’s Anthony Bitetto, followed by Lars Eller and and Ryan Strome off the faceoff just moments later.

After the latest bout of fisticuffs, the referees gave both benches a warning to dial it down. In total, the teams combined for 72 penalty minutes (30 for the Capitals, 42 for the Rangers).

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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1 Response to Brawl On Broadway Part II: Capitals, Rangers Drop The Gloves One Second Into Chaotic First Period

  1. Anonymous says:

    That was never going to end well for the Rangers.

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