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Hathaway, Caps comment on his suspension for spitting; no appeal coming

21 novembre 2019
Neither Garnet Hathaway nor the Washington Capitals plan to appeal his three game suspension for spitting at Erik Gudbranson of the Anaheim Ducks Monday night. Hathaway insists it was a heat of the moment thing, but he's ok with the league's decision.

"It was tough to swallow because I want to be out there with the guys," said Hathaway of his three game ban.

"In the end, I respect the league's decision and I had a fair opportunity to explain my side of things and how I saw the events unfold and you know I don't plan on appealing anything," he added. "In my view, it was a hectic situation. Coming out of a fight there was a second, third and fourth man that came in and I got sucker-punched a few times and let my emotions take over. I had an emotional reaction that I regret and I wish it didn't happen. No one regrets it or is more disappointed than I am."

Washington head coach Todd Reirden agrees with Hathaway's assessment of the suspension and say the team will not be appealing.

"That is the decision the league made and you know we support it ... our team is not going to have him for three games. He is an important part of our team," said Reirden. "It is a tough situation to go through and he will be a better person for it in the long run."

Hathaway spat on Gudbranson during a shoving match late in the 2nd period of Monday night's game.

“That’s about as low as you dig a pit, really,” Gudbranson said post-game, according to The Athletic‘s Eric Stephens. “It’s a bad thing to do. It’s something you just don’t do in our game, and he did it.”

“It’s just something that it’s just disrespectful,” he added. “I mean, we’re competing. That’s fine. I’ve got no problem with guys fighting. That’s what this game is all about is guys fighting to win hockey games, and sometimes that’s what happens. But going to that level is wrong.”



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NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL 30 51
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 51
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 44
BRAD MARCHAND 28 44
DAVID PASTRNAK 28 43
JOHN CARLSON 30 42
JACK EICHEL 28 38
ARTEMI PANARIN 26 33
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU 27 33
PATRICK KANE 27 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK 28 25
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN 30 20
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 19
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 18
BRAD MARCHAND 28 18
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL 30 33
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 32
JOHN CARLSON 30 31
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 26
BRAD MARCHAND 28 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON 30 42
DOUGIE HAMILTON 28 28
CALE MAKAR 27 27
ROMAN JOSI 27 24
VICTOR HEDMAN 23 23
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR 27 27
QUINN HUGHES 28 23
VICTOR OLOFSSON 28 22
ILYA MIKHEYEV 30 17
MARTIN NECAS 26 16
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
BRADEN HOLTBY 21 14
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK 22 14
TUUKKA RASK 17 13
JORDAN BINNINGTON 22 13
FREDERIK ANDERSEN 23 13
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
PEKKA RINNE 16 3
JAROSLAV HALAK 11 2
CARTER HUTTON 14 2
TUUKKA RASK 17 2
PETR MRAZEK 18 2
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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