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Rangers respond to Tom Wilson’s sucker punch that sparked brawl: ‘Zero respect’

The Rangers held nothing back after another Tom Wilson incident.

In the second period of Wednesday night’s Rangers-Capitals matchup, the controversial Capitals winger nailed a prone Pavel Buchnevich in the back of the head during a stoppage in play.

The play sparked a massive brawl between Wilson and Rangers players, with Wilson grabbing a helmet-les Artemi Panarin by the hair and slamming him down to the ice. Wilson’s conduct resulted in a 10-minute misconduct penalty. 

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Rangers head coach David Quinn and other New York players responded to Wilson’s play following the game last night.

Said Quinn: 

We all saw it. There are lines that can’t be crossed in this game. There’s just zero respect for the game in general. You got one of the star players in this league now that could have gotten seriously, seriously hurt in that incident. You all saw what happened, and it happens time and time again with him. Totally unnecessary.

 

Rangers star Mika Zibanejad also chimed in.

I figured you should have some more respect for the game and for the players. I don’t honestly know where to start. It’s just horrible. Zero respect. I don’t know why I’m surprised. It’s just horrible. 

 The Capitals’ official Twitter account also tweeted an image in the wake of the brawl, but it was quickly deleted.

Rangers star Artemi Panarin was ruled out for the rest of the game (and the season) after the kerfuffle with a lower-body injury.

Wilson has a history of suspensions in the league, gaining notoriety as one of the NHL’s most dirty players. Now we’ll see whether the NHL decides to hand him his fifth suspension.

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