Tom Wilson avoids suspension after dirty hits to Artemi Panarin, Pavel Buchnevich

Scott Thompson
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Tom Wilson and Artemi Panarin get in fight
Tom Wilson and Artemi Panarin get in fight

Rangers fans might want to get a stress ball to squeeze for this one.

Washington Capitals RW Tom Wilson was fined the maximum $5,000 for roughing Pavel Buchnevich during the Rangers' 6-3 loss on Monday night, the league announced. But he won't be suspended for that, or slamming Artemi Panarin -- helmet-less -- on the ice during a large scuffle between both teams, reports The Washington Post's Samantha Pell.

The incident began when Wilson took exception to Buchnevich hitting Capitals G Vitek Vanecek's pads, though the whistle hadn't blown for a dead puck just yet. As both men fell to the ice, Wilson threw a suckerpunch to Buchnevich while still down, causing the Rangers to go after him.

But the worst of it all came when Panarin and Wilson began to scuffle, and it was clear the latter pulled the former by the hair as he body slammed him to the ice.

Rangers head coach David Quinn said after the game that Wilson crossed the line entirely, as Panarin is likely to not finish the season with the Blueshirts due to a lower body injury.

"We all saw it and there's lines that can't be crossed in this game. To me, it's just zero respect for the game in general," he said. "You got one of the star players in this league who could have got seriously, seriously hurt in that incident."

Wilson has long been a villain in the NHL, as no player in the league has been penalized more than him since he entered in 2013. He's been suspended five times, including a seven-game ban in March after his high hit on Bruins D Brandon Carlo that sent Carlo to a Boston hospital.

"I figured you should have some more respect for the game and for the players," Mika Zibanejad said after Monday's game. "I don't honestly know where to start. It's just horrible. Zero respect. I don't know why I'm surprised."