Garnet Hathaway ejected after spitting in Erik Gudbranson’s face

Ailish Forfar
NHL Editor
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13: Garnet Hathaway #21 of the Washington Capitals looks on against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on November 13, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Garnet Hathaway has no regard for flu season.

All hell broke loose between the Washington Capitals and the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night, while Erik Gudbranson might have got the worst of it. After a late hit caused a massive brawl, refs tried to pull apart Gudbranson and Hathaway who clearly weren’t done with their exchange.

Gudbranson lands a pretty good punch on Hathaway, who then responds by spitting directly in Gudbranson’s face.

The close-up is pretty disgusting, Hathaway lands a hefty amount right on target.

Gudbranson was obviously upset by the incident.

“That’s about as low as you can dig a peg,” Gudbranson said to Stephen Whyno of The Associated Press. “Probably the most disrespectful thing you can do,” Ducks forward Derek Grant added.

The officials were standing just outside the splash-zone so Hathaway was given a match penalty as a result.

Hathaway could face further discipline by the league after this one, and spoke to reporters after the game.

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