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Caps' Tom Wilson enrages NHL fans after latest antics with Pavel Buchnevich and Rangers

WEEI logo WEEI 5/4/2021 John Healy
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Tom Wilson continues to be a problem for the NHL.

The Capitals winger, who has a reputation for being a dirty player, drew the ire of fans across social media on Monday night after he got into a scuffle during Washington’s game against the Rangers.

After a play in front of the Capitals net, Wilson took Pavel Buchnevich down onto the ice and began punching him in the back of the head.

Artemi Panarin got involved to get Wilson off of him and those two went at it, with Wilson grabbing Panarin's hair and pummeling him while the two went to the ground.

The officials and Ryan Strome got in to break things up.

Wilson left the ice and received 14 minutes in penalties.

Wilson has been problematic for the most part of his career.

In a preseason game in 2017, he received a two-game suspension for a late hit on St. Louis Blues forward Robert Thomas.

In the preseason finale against the Blues that same year he was suspended for boarding Blues rookie forward Sammy Blais.

In May 2018 Wilson received a three-game suspension during the playoffs after an illegal check to the head of Pittsburgh Pensuins’ Zach Aston-Reese, who sustained a concussion and broken jaw on the play.

In October 2018, Wilson was suspended 20 games for an illegal hit on Oskar Sundqvist of the Blues during a preseason game, which was reduced to 14 after Wilson’s third appeal.

And earlier this year, Wilson was suspended seven games for a hit to the head of Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo.

It should be interesting to see how the NHL reacts to his latest antics.

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