Rangers HC David Quinn Rips Capitals' Tom Wilson After Artemi Panarin Injury

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVMay 4, 2021

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 03: Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals takes a roughing penalty during the second period against Artemi Panarin #10 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on May 03, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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New York Rangers coach David Quinn said the NHL has "lines that can't be crossed" in reference to altercations involving Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson and Rangers wingers Artemi Panarin and Pavel Buchnevich in Monday's 6-3 loss.

Wilson initially swung at Buchnevich while the Rangers right wing was face-down on the ice. That drew the ire of Panarin, who got into a scuffle with Wilson that involved Wilson taking a helmet-less Panarin down to the ice twice.

Panarin exited with a lower-body injury, and Quinn told reporters the 29-year-old Russian "could've got seriously, seriously hurt."

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"We all saw it. There's lines that can't be crossed...one of the star players in this league now who could have been seriously seriously hurt in that incident" - David Quinn on the Tom Wilson incident with Artemi Panarin and Pavel Buchnevich pic.twitter.com/jDxrvNpyQ3

Mika Zibanejad echoed his coach's thoughts:

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"I figured you should have some more respect for the game and for the players...it's just horrible. Zero respect. I don't know why I'm surprised" - Mika Zibanejad on the Tom Wilson incident tonight pic.twitter.com/f1veh5G3af

Wilson was assessed a two-minute roughing penalty and a 10-minute misconduct penalty for his role in the incident. He remained in the game and scored Washington's final goal at the 18:34 mark of the third period.

The Athletic's Tarik El-Bashir noted Wilson has already amassed almost $1.3 million in fines and missed 30 games due to suspensions. Most recently, he was out for seven games because of a hit on Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo along the boards.

Upon returning to the ice, the 27-year-old signaled a desire to rein in his aggression.

"At the end of the day, it can’t happen," he told reporters. "I can’t be missing seven games. I can’t be missing one game. I’ve got to be in the lineup."

That Wilson is a repeat offender could lead the NHL to hand down a more significant punishment than his seven-game ban. The Capitals have four games left in the regular season, so his availability for the playoffs could be in jeopardy.

Damien Cox @DamoSpin

Pretty clear Tom Wilson should be suspended for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs. Not much more to say. He’s a walking intent-to-injure.

Don La Greca @DonLagreca

The NHL is no longer a fighting league with enforcers to police the game. Tom Wilson has taken advantage of this. The NHL must hold Wilson and the Caps accountable. None of this 4 games and ready for game one garbage.

Asked about the consequences Wilson should face, Quinn said it wasn't his decision to make but that the NHL has "been dealing with this for a while."