Tom Wilson fined maximum amount for hit on Pavel Buchnevich, avoids suspension


Tom Wilson has been fined yet again for a dangerous hit on an opponent, just months after being suspended for a previous infraction.

The Capitals winger was fine $5,000 by NHL Player Safety, the maximum amount allowed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for his late hit to the back of the head on Pavel Buchnevich in Washington’s 6-3 win over the Rangers on Monday.

Wilson hit Buchnevich in the crease after the whistle, causing Rangers star Artemi Panarin to jump in before Wilson grabbed Panarin by the hair and slammed him to the ice. Wilson received a double-minor for roughing and a 10- minute misconduct, while Buchnevich and Panarin received roughing penalties.

Wilson proudly flexed behind the glass in the penalty box after the scrum, which resulted in an injury to Panarin, who will likely miss the rest of the season, according to New York head coach Dan Quinn.

"I figured you should have some more respect for the game and for the players," Rangers center Mika Zibanejad said. "I don't honestly know where to start. It's just there's zero respect. I don't know why I'm surprised, just horrible."

Monday was far from the first controversial incident involving the oft-suspended Wilson. Earlier this season, he was suspended seven games for boarding Boston’s Brandon Carlo, who was taken to the hospital after the hit.
Wilson wasn’t penalized during the game.

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