Hathaway was given a match penalty and game misconduct Monday after he spit in the face of Anaheim Ducks defenceman Erik Gudbranson. The two were in the middle of a larger melee that began after the Capitals scored late in the second period.
“I feel like there were a couple sucker punches thrown and I got one there quick and I reacted a little emotionally. You know, unfortunately, spit came out of my mouth after I got sucker punched and went on to him,” Hathaway said after the game. “It was an emotional play by me — you don’t plan any of that stuff in your head.
“It was a quick reaction and unfortunately the wrong one for me, after a sucker punch.”
The Capitals next play Wednesday night against the New York Rangers.