Sport Fights of the 2019-20 NHL season

07:00  19 november  2019
07:00  19 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Anaheim Ducks committed a hockey faux pas Monday night when they ignored the puck and focused on battling a Capitals player who had delivered a big hit, leading to a Washington goal.

a group of people sitting around a baseball field: Washington Capitals right wing Garnet Hathawayfights Anaheim Ducks center Derek Grant.© Nick Wass, AP Washington Capitals right wing Garnet Hathawayfights Anaheim Ducks center Derek Grant.

In the ensuing scrum, Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway violated hockey decorum by spitting at a Ducks player, leading to an ejection.

"I reacted a little emotionally. Unfortunately spit came out of my mouth after I got sucker punched and it went on to him (Ducks defenseman Erik Gunbranson)," Hathaway told reporters about the incident late in the second period.

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Hathaway received a match penalty, which was confirmed after a replay. That infraction means he's automatically suspended until the NHL can hold a hearing.

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The penalty occurred during a melee after Brendan Leipsic's heavy hit on Derek Grant led to a goal by Chandler Stephenson to give the Capitals a 3-0 lead.

Hathaway fought Grant, then Anaheim's Nick Ritchie and Gudbranson got involved with him, and Hathaway spit at the latter player.

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"That's about as low as you can take a path, really," Gudbranson told reporters. "It's a bad thing to do. It's something you don't just do in our game. And he did it."

There was a long delay, in which the goal initially was not put up on the scoreboard. But eventually it was, and the referee announced the match penalty.

"It has no place," Hathaway said. "It was an emotional play by me. You don’t plan any of that stuff in your head. It was a quick reaction and unfortunately, the wrong one from me after a sucker punch."

All told, 50 penalty minutes were assessed, including a game misconduct to Ritchie and a misconduct to Gudbranson.

The Ducks were initially incensed by Leipsic's hit on Grant and three Ducks players tangled with him behind the net. Hathaway picked up the puck and fed Stephenson, who beat goalie John Gibson with a wrist shot.

Leipsic said he thought his hit was clean.

"I thought the puck was right there," he told reporters. "It was kind a big blackout after that when everyone starts getting whipped around and stuff. I didn't even know that (Stephenson) scored until the dust was all settled. It's nice to get a goal of it, too."

The Capitals killed off the five-minute match penalty and won 5-2.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Capitals-Ducks melee: Garnet Hathaway spits at Erik Gudbranson, receives match penalty

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