Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Mark Friedman has been fined for spearing Columbus Blue Jackets forward Sean Kuraly.
The illegal stickwork came at 9:47 of the first period of Saturday’s preseason finale for both teams. Kuraly was originally called for goaltender interference on Pens goaltender Tristan Jarry. Friedman took exception, jabbing Kuraly twice — once in the midsection and once up high with the blade of his stick.
Referees Justin St. Pierre and Peter MacDougall issued Friedman a major penalty for spearing, which includes a game misconduct.
Spearing is clearly defined in the NHL rule book. It’s a double-minor if you miss and a major just for making contact.
62.1 Spearing – Spearing shall mean stabbing an opponent with the point of the stick blade, whether contact is made or not.
62.2 Double-minor Penalty – A double-minor penalty will be imposed on a player who spears an opponent and does not make contact.
62.3 Major Penalty – A major penalty shall be imposed on a player who spears an opponent (see 62.5).
62.4 Match Penalty – A match penalty shall be imposed on a player who injures an opponent as a result of a spear.
62.5 Game Misconduct Penalty – Whenever a major penalty is assessed for spearing, a game misconduct penalty must also be imposed.
Friedman’s $1,812.50 fine is the maximum allowable under the league’s CBA based on his salary.