WASHINGTON (WJZ/AP) — Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway has been ejected from a game for spitting on a player from the Anaheim Ducks.

Hathaway spit on defenseman Erik Gudbranson during a brawl late in the second period Monday night with referee Peter MacDougall standing a few feet away. Officials reviewed video before confirming the five-minute match penalty that triggers a game misconduct.

Tempers flared during the first 40 minutes between Washington and Anaheim and boiled over with 33.4 seconds remaining in the second. Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic bulldozed the Ducks’ Derek Grant behind the net, sparking several fights between the teams’ fourth lines.

Hathaway was involved with Grant, Gudbranson and Nick Ritchie during the scrum before being thrown out.

Following the game, Hathaway said he regretted the fight escalating.

“The refs were trying to break it up and I felt like there was a couple (of) sucker punches thrown,” he said. “I got one there quick and then I reacted a little emotionally and unfortunately spit came out of my mouth after I was sucker-punched and went onto him.”

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