The best team in hockey, the Washington Capitals, won again Monday night beating the Anaheim Ducks, 5-2, at Capital One Arena, but the game was overshadowed by a brawl toward the end of the second period which finished with a side of saliva.
"I have a lot of time for Garnet Hathaway," Reirden said. "He's a standup guy, a first-class guy. He was getting punched by a couple of different guys at once and lost control of his emotion."
Reirden did add spitting was crossing a line.
"It's something that there's no place for in the league. So that's disappointing. He feels terrible about it. He didn't have to talk to anybody today but he was the first one to say, 'I want to own up for what I did.' He's not happy about it. That's who he is. He made a mistake and we'll see where it goes tomorrow," Reirden said after the game.
Hathaway admitted to spitting after the game, he told the media, “spit came out of my mouth after I got sucker punched, and it went onto him.”
"It’s just disrespectful,” Gudbranson said about being spit on by Hathaway. “I mean, we’re competing. That’s fine. I’ve got no problem with guys fighting. That’s what this game is all about, guys fighting to win hockey games. And sometimes that’s what happens. But going to that level is wrong.”
"That's about as low as you dig a pit, really," Gudbranson said. "It's a bad thing to do. It's something you just don't do in a game, and he did it."