Early in the third period of Wednesday’s Game 4, the Rangers decided to vent their frustrations. New York winger James Sheppard pushed Washington blueliner Tim Gleason into the goalpost. Both teams came together below the goal line. Eventually, Ranger tough guy Tanner Glass squared off with Gleason, dropping the gloves for a lengthy fight that left the Caps’ defenseman bruised and bloodied.
While the scrum was going on, defensemen Keith Yandle and Tom Wilson paired off near the goal crease. The two exchanged words in front of referee Chris Lee. Apparently, those words were enough to earn Wilson a 10-minute misconduct.
“Yandle and I were joking around a little bit and the ref was standing there. At the end of the day, he’s not going to fight me. We were just standing there. I can’t go into the scrum; everyone’s already separated off. He made a little joke, like I’m not a lefty. I was giving him a hard time, pushing him and stuff.”
“I don’t know how I get a 10 [minute misconduct penalty] and [Rangers’ J.T.] Miller and guys like that get nothing. [Referee Chris Lee] felt I did something to deserve it and I’ll take my lumps. It doesn’t matter at this point. The team won.”
“Honestly, I didn’t say much. We were standing there. The ref was standing beside us. I gave [Yandle] a couple shoves. He gave me a pretty good one in the face. The ref’s the ref for a reason. I’ll let him do his job and I’ll do mine.”
– Washington’s Tom Wilson
This comes on the heels of an incident between Montreal’s Brandon Prust and referee Brad Watson, where Prust ripped the veteran official in a post-game interview.
Referees Brad Watson and Chris Lee both officiated that Montreal game. They also worked Wednesday’s game between the Rangers and Capitals.