Brawl breaks out during head hit review in Lightning vs Capitals game

Brawl breaks out during head hit review in Lightning vs Capitals game

WASHINGTON — The Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 Friday night in a game full of simmering tensions and a couple of fights.

The Capitals won despite playing nearly two periods ahead of a forward later Nicolas Aube-Kubel was given a match penalty for an illegal check on the Lightning defender’s head Cal Footethat didn’t come back

Tampa Bay’s Patrick Maroon fought Washington Garnet Hathaway as officials reviewed Aube-Kubel’s headbutt on Foote early in the second period. A handful of other players took part in the initial scrum, and traded some pushing and shoving around the fray once Maroon and Hathaway got tangled up.

Nick Paul he jumped off the bench for a second before being urged back by Lightning teammates to avoid what would have been an automatic 10-game suspension.

Aube-Kubel was ejected and given a one-game suspension, which is an automatic suspension pending a review by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. If suspended, he would miss at least the second half of those teams’ home-and-home series on Sunday, if not more.

The Capitals killed the five minutes, and Sonny Milano — who was serving the Aubel-Kubel penalty — scored on a breakaway 7 seconds after the Lightning’s power play expired.

Maroon, one of four players in league history to win the Stanley Cup in three consecutive seasons with two different teams, and Washington’s Hathaway were given five minutes for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct.

Foote left the ice and was ruled out for the rest of the game at the second intermission.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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