Tom Wilson gets slap on wrist from NHL after reckless antics vs. Rangers

Capitals agitator Tom Wilson takes multiple cheap shots at his opponents, and the NHL gives him a slap on the wrist.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

NHL Player Safety announced that Wilson was only penalized with a $5,000 fine for “roughing” Rangers winger Pavel Buchnevich, the maximum allowable under the CBA.

The tedious trend continued after Wilson, once again, took it too far during a scrum in front of the Rangers’ net in the second period Monday night. With Pavel Buchnevich already face down on the ice, Wilson delivered blow after blow to the back of the Rangers forward’s head.

But things escalated when Ryan Strome and Artemi Panarin swooped in to get Wilson off of Buchnevich. Panarin jumped on Wilson’s back and the longtime instigator unleashed an out-of-control beating on the Rangers star winger.

Wilson pulled Panarin’s hair to drag him to the ice before striking him in the face, and then grabbed the back of his jersey to slam his entire body down again. Wilson received a double-minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct, but he finished out the rest of the game.

Panarin, who could be done for the season due to the fracas, didn’t skate in the final 12:20 of the second period and stayed in the locker room for the remainder of the game after the second intermission.

Wilson has already been suspended for seven games this season for boarding Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo, who was hospitalized following the incident. It was 27-year-old’s fifth suspension of his eight-year career.

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