The rematch between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers was started by three simultaneous fights off the opening faceoff and ended with 141 penalty minutes handed out. Today, even more supplementary discipline will be determined. Pavel Buchnevich will have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety for his incident with Anthony Mantha.
The two came together early in the second period and Buchnevich got his stick up into the face of Mantha, delivering a forceful cross-check to the head. The Rangers forward was given a five-minute major and game misconduct, taking his penalty minute total to 19 for the game. He now appears to be heading for a suspension as well.
Of course, Buchnevich was right in the middle of the incident that preceded last night’s melee, when he was struck Monday night by Washington forward Tom Wilson. Wilson received a $5,000 fine for the punch, which led to the Rangers releasing a statement calling for the removal of George Parros from the DoPS. Many believed Wilson should receive a suspension, but as so often it is in hockey, the reaction—even days later—will be given the stronger punishment.
Mantha did not suffer a serious injury on the play, but cross-checks to the head area almost always rise to the level of supplemental discipline. Buchenevich’s season could very well be done as the Rangers have just two games left.