Friday night’s game between the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning was a wild and wooly affair that featured a five-minute major match penalty, multiple fights, a line brawl, and multiple misconduct penalties.
79 penalty minutes in all were doled out. This included minutes for a fight between Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway and Pat Maroon, which earned them both a fighting major penalty and an additional misconduct penalty. As a result, the DoPS has fined them both for their altercation.
Tampa Bay’s Pat Maroon has been fined $2,702.70 and Washington’s Garnet Hathaway has been fined $4,054.05, both the maximum allowable under the CBA, for unsportsmanlike conduct during last night’s game.
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The pair fought while the officials were in the process of deciding the penalty to Capitals forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel for his illegal check to the head of Lightning defenseman Cal Foote, which occurred at 1:56 into the second period.
Ultimately, Aube-Kubal was assessed with a five-minute major and a match penalty and was ejected from the game. He will have a hearing with DoPS for the incident. Foote left the ice and did not return.
As the game progressed, there were more fights as part of a line brawl. With tensions between the teams at a high level, they have a rematch on Sunday, this time in Tampa.
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