Rangers in shambles with wild brawls vs. Capitals after firings of John Davidson, Jeff Gorton
It has been a rather eventful week for the New York Rangers, with a lot of it involving the Washington Capitals.
Earlier in the week, Capitals forward and noted goon Tom Wilson ended Rangers star Artemi Panarin’s season with his bush league actions and also punched forward Pavel Buchnevich in the back of the head while he was down on the ice, but he wasn’t suspended and only received the max $5,000 fine. This led to New York releasing a harshly worded response to the decision, which was rather controversial.
After this statement and the Rangers’ elimination from the playoffs, James Dolan shockingly fired president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton. The two executives reportedly tried to distance themselves from the statement, which was apparently commissioned by Dolan himself, according to ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski.
Then on Wednesday night, the Rangers and Capitals squared off again. Literally right as the game started, the two teams got into a huge brawl as both teams sent out their bottom-six forwards to do the ugly deed. There were six fights within the first five minutes alone as both teams racked up trips to the penalty box.
This was just pure chaos:
The Rangers and Capitals combined for 72 penalty minutes in that stretch to start the game, and the contest ultimately wound up with a whopping 141 penalty minutes. Washington won the game 4-2 behind T.J. Oshie’s hat trick.
New York is in total shambles to finish off a disappointing season. The Rangers missed the playoffs for the fourth year in a row, and now they’re going out really ugly.
Associate general manager Chris Drury was promoted to president and general manager after the firings of Davidson and Gorton. It will be up to him to get New York back to playoff contention.