In Saturday’s matinee between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, Wayne Simmonds found himself done with work early in the day. He was ejected 10-and-a-half minutes into the first period after punching an unsuspecting Ryan McDonagh in the head during a fracas.
The skirmish was started by McDonagh delivering a high cross check on Simmonds, who retaliated with a slash and then a gloved punch to the head that dropped McDonagh.
McDonagh left the game and did not return.
Simmonds was assessed a misconduct and a match penalty. McDonagh received a slashing and a high-sticking call.
After he simmered for a bit, Simmonds lost his cool, smashing his stick over the open bench door and throwing it across the ice in a move that will probably get a look for a potential suspension from the NHL.
Here’s the full play from the initial hit to the stick throw.
Simmonds will not face suspension for the punch.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.