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Buchnevich Gets One Game Suspension For High Stick to Mantha

New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich is facing a suspension after a high stick to Anthony Mantha of the Washington Capitals.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety (DoPS) announced today that New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich would have a hearing for what they are calling a high stick on Anthony Mantha of the Washington Capitals. The results of that hearing were revealed later Thursday afternoon and he received a one-game suspension.

Wednesday night’s game between the Rangers and Capitals was one of the most anticipated games of the season. Not due to playoff implications, but rather a wild few days all stemming from a questionable scrum involving Tom Wilson that ended up resulting in the end of Artemi Panarin’s season. The Capitals controversial winger avoided suspension which enraged the Rangers, who put out a team statement condemning both Wilson and George Parros, who is the head of the NHL’s DoPS.

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Setting the Stage for a Rivalry

To little surprise, the game started off with a line brawl and was very physical throughout. That was all okay in the leagues view, however what wasn’t was a cross check Buchnevich delivered to the face of Mantha. The two had a run in earlier in the shift which resulted in the incident at hand. The Rangers forward was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for cross checking.

With the Rangers having just two games remaining in their schedule, it wouldn’t be surprising if Buchnevich’s season is over. If it is, the 26-year-old finishes the year with an impressive 20 goals and 45 points in 53 games played. While it took him some time, he appears to have really found his footing at the NHL level and figures to be a big part of this Rangers team going forward.

Though last night’s game resulted in a 4-2 win for the Capitals, almost no one was talking about the score. The excitement, anger, and passion from last nights game as well as what occurred on Monday night made this arguably the most intense game of the season. While these two will not meet again this season, it is possible that it sparked a rivalry between the two moving forward.

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