Capitals’ Garnet Hathaway to have hearing Wednesday for spitting incident

Garnet Hathaway spits on Erik Gudbranson during a brawl that ensues after Brendan Leipsic's thunderous hit on Derek Grant. Chandler Stephenson also scores on the play.

Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway will have a hearing with the NHL Wednesday morning for a spitting incident in Monday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.

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.

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