Sport Fights of the 2019-20 NHL season
Scott Darling, Scottie Upshall sign in Europe
A pair of veteran NHL players have decided to take offers overseas in search of teams.Once a Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, Darling’s career quickly unraveled over the last few seasons. A big contract with the Carolina Hurricanes put pressure on him to finally become a starting goaltender in the league, a position he was unable to hold for very long. By the second year of the deal, Darling was already buried in the minor leagues, only to see his contract bought out this summer.
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.
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.
— Here's Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay) Garnet Hathaway gets a match penalty for spitting on Erik Gudbranson.
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.
NHL Power Rankings: The quiet dominance of the Capitals
The Capitals might still be the best team in the NHL and it seems like they're not getting any attention for it.Maybe it is because they already won their Stanley Cup and there is no longer any pressure on them to shake their postseason disappointment label.
"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.
Chaos erupts behind the Anaheim net after Brendan Leipsic levels Derek Grant and Chandler Stephenson scores. Garnet Hathaway gets a match penalty for spitting on Erik Gudbranson— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett)
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.
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Watch Larry David Lose It (Again) in this Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 10 Teaser .
HBO has announced when the show will returnOK, OK, it's obvious enough that this moment is meant to be a metaphor for what fans have been through while waiting for this season to come through -- it has been almost two years since the show was renewed, after all -- but there's still some truth to the exact irritation at hand here. Who doesn't get a nagging case of side-eye once in a while over how long that toaster takes to finish the job? Doesn't it feel like the robot powers that be are just toying with us sometimes? Larry gets it. Classic Curb.
NHL Fights start of the season 2019-20
NHL Fights start of the season 2019-20.
NHL Hits and Angry Moments of the 2019-2020 Season. [HD]
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