The $ 5,000 fine is the maximum allowed under the CBA for Wilson, which puts a cap of $ 5.167 million on the six-year $ 31 million deal he signed with Washington in 2018.
The incident occurred when Buchnevich got tangled up in front of Washington’s net and fell on the ice after the referees blew their whistles. Wilson, who fell to his knees next to Buchnevich, appeared to punch Rangers’ upper back as he lay face down on the ice, which set spirits ablaze.
As a brawl broke out between the two teams, Artemi Panarin skated to drive Wilson away. As the two freed themselves from a crowd of bodies, Wilson threw Panarin – whose helmet had come off – onto the ice and gave a pair of punches while the Russian superstar lay on his back. Wilson knocked Panarin to the ground once more as he tried to get up before officials came to interrupt matters.
Wilson received two minor brutality penalties and a 10-minute misconduct, while Buchnevich also received a two-minute brutality penalty. The Capitals won the game 6-3.
Panarin, who did not play another quarterback in the second quarter, was ruled out for the remainder of the game with a lower body injury.
Rangers head coach David Quinn told reporters after the game that he expected Panarin to do well, but had a choice word for Wilson’s antics.
“There are limits that cannot be crossed in this game… For me, it’s just zero respect for the game, in general. You get one of the star players in this league now, who could have been seriously injured. in this incident, ”he told reporters.
“It’s just awful. Zero respect. I don’t know why I’m surprised. It’s just horrible, ”said Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad.
Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette said he saw nothing malicious in Wilson’s actions.
“I thought it was just a scrum, like a physical game,” Laviolette said. “There was something going on originally with the goalie and they’re playing with the goalie and a bunch of players are jumping in there. This happens often. “
Wilson received his fifth career suspension in March with a seven-game ban for boarding Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo. He had already received a 20-game suspension in 2018 for an illegal failure to lead Saint-Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in a preseason game. This suspension was then reduced to 14 games by a neutral referee.
* Files from the Canadian Press were used in this report