After the first minute, the penalty boxes
looked more like a NY subway pre-pandemic.
Quick backstory: The
Caps’ Tom Wilson, a magnet for controversy, took
things too far during an
on-ice brawl on Monday. Wilson tossed a helmetless Artemi Panarin,
banging his unprotected head against the ice multiple times. Panarin is
out for the rest of the season.
The NHL didn’t do
much, fining Wilson a whopping $5K.
The enraged Rangers released a statement
calling for the removal of the NHL’s Head of Player Safety,
“We view this as a dereliction of
duty by NHL Head of Player Safety, George Parros, and believe he is
unfit to continue in his current role.”
Less than 24 hours later, the Rangers shockingly
fired their President and GM, who had both distanced themselves
from the organization’s statement.
The bottom line: The NHL miscalculated badly in its punishment
of Wilson. But, in recent years,
the league’s done a good job balancing the allure of fighting with
not letting brawls outshine the actual hockey. Right now, it’s
averaging 0.21 fights per game while in 2009 it was 0.60 fights per
Feel-good story: TJ Oshie
scored a hattrick in his
first game since his father passed away, helping the Caps win
Champions League Semi Finals, 2nd
Chelsea2vs. Real Madrid 0, Chelsea wins 3-1 on
Edouard Mendy's acrobatic
save on Benzema kept Chelsea level early on.