In the playoff race, the New York Rangers had nothing to play for against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, May 12. They were eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to the Capitals two days earlier. In the big picture of the franchise’s future, the Rangers had a lot to play for, says former NHL goalie Marty Turco.
In the 6-3 elimination loss two days earlier, Rangers’ forward Artemi Panarin was injured when slammed to the ice by Capitals’ forward Tom Wilson, who also punched a defenseless Pavel Buchnevich. Wilson earned a 10-minute double minor penalty and a $5,000 fine for punching Buchnevich, a shockingly light fine that showed George Parros, the NHL’s head of player safety, is “unfit to continue in his current role,” the Rangers alleged in a statement that triggered a $250,000 fine.
Rangers’ head coach David Quinn said after the game
The Rangers’ response on Wednesday night – an opening face-off brawl and several subsequent fights in the first period of an eventual Capitals’ win – was totally necessary and will set the tone for the organization after a third playoff whiff in the last four years, Turco said on this week’s episode of Unleashed.
the former longtime Dallas Stars’ goalie told Olivia Harlan Dekker and Speedy Morman.