Buchnevich was sentenced to a five-minute major and game misconduct in the second half of the game after crossing Mantha in the face. The incident came as Matha had a delayed unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after repeatedly hitting Buchnevich as he followed the Rangers forward around the offensive zone. The countercheck came as Mantha turned to engage Buchnevich as the Rangers left their area.
Mantha was uninjured on the play and continued to register 21:32 of ice time in his team’s victory. He has 15 goals and 27 points in 53 games with the Capitals and Detroit Red Wings this season.
Buchnevich, 26, saw his total penalty minutes for the season jump to 42 on Wednesday night. He has 20 goals and 45 points in 53 games.
Wednesday’s game had a total of six fights as the Rangers sought revenge for Tom WilsonMonday night actions. Wilson was fined $ 5,000 on Tuesday for punching Buchnevich in the upper back while on the ice, but went unpunished for injuring the Rangers star. Artemi Panarin in the fray that followed.
“When your star player is tossed around like that, I mean, it doesn’t matter what type of team you have, I think the answer was appropriate,” Rangers center Ryan Strome mentionned. “Proud of our guys. I think that says a lot about us. “
“I think it was good. We were just trying to defend our teammate, ”added the defender. Brendan Smith, who fought Wilson in his first quarter game. “It was a good answer for sure. “
Capitals chief Peter Laviolette, meanwhile, was happy to see him pick up two points to move closer to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the top of the division.
“I thought our guys were really together and stayed together, did what we needed to do and got to the colon and come home,” Laviolette said. “I think the way we huddled up against each other and played for each other all night, I thought we did a good job, while still being disciplined. It was the game that was kind of offered to us and I thought our guys had done a great job with it. ”