Capitals’ Mike Weber ejected for boarding Penguins’ Rust

Watch as Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Weber pastes Bryan Rust of the Pittsburgh Penguins into the boards with a dangerous hit.

Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Weber was sent home early after hitting Pittsburgh Penguins forward Bryan Rust from behind Sunday.

Weber drove Rust into the boards with under 10 minutes remaining in the third period in what was already a chippy affair. Weber was given a five-minute major for boarding and a 10-minute misconduct.

Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl received a two-minute minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct for his actions in the ensuing scrum.

Luckily for the Penguins, Rust was not injured on the play.

Tempers had been flaring throughout the game. Moments earlier, Washington captain Alex Ovechkin injured Penguins defenceman Brian Dumoulin with a clean hit in the Pittsburgh zone.

Back in the second period, Sidney Crosby and T.J. Oshie got tangled after the whistle.

The Capitals traded a third-round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Weber back on Feb. 23. This was his seventh game with his new team.