NHL suspends Rangers Pavel Buchnevich one game for high stick to Anthony Mantha

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May 5, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Pavel Buchnevich #89 of the New York Rangers takes a high-sticking penalty on Anthony Mantha #39 of the Washington Capitals during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich has been suspended one hame for this high stick to Capitals forward Anthony Mantha. The incident occurred in yesterdays wild west show down at MSG.

Rangers and Capitals came in hot

It was a crazy day at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Scratch that. It’s been a wild three days that started with Tom Wilson going bat*** crazy on Rangers star players which eventually led to a season-ending body slam of Artemi Panarin. The matter was made worse when the NHL DoPS only fined Wilson, which led to the Rangers owner, James Dolan to releases a statement asking for George Parros to step down.

Oh wait, you thought I was finished.

Yesterday, Dolan fired both his President and General Manager. A move that had league executives texting some reporters with “HOLY S**T!”. Ownership claimed that the dismissals were solely performance based but since both John Davidson and Jeff Gorton wanted nothing to do with the statement, many feel that it still played a role.

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May 5, 2021; New York, New York, USA; The game between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers starts with a line brawl one second into play at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

By the way, there was still a game to be played with retribution in the mind of every guy in a blue jersey.

The game started with a line brawl. Next, Brendan Smith went straight after Tom Wilson on his first shift. That was followed by Ryan Strome fighting Lars Ellers, and capped by Anthony Bitetto and Michael Raffl. Six fights before five minutes were even played. The league needs to own the debacle that looked like it came out of the movie Youngblood.

NHL Suspends Rangers Pavel Buchnevich

Chippy played continued for the remainder of the period. Tom Wilson was removed from the game with an upper-body injury to start the second period which calmed things down. However, another suspendible incident occurred when Pavel Buchnevich high-sticked Anthony Mantha right in the face. He was kicked out of the game and will now serve a one game ban. Obviously the talks didn’t have the desired effect.