The NHL dished out $10,000 in fines to the Boston Bruins after a penalty-filled Game 2 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Boston’s Brad Marchand was fined $5,000 for slashing Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov. The incident occurred with 2:08 remaining in the second period of Thursday night’s game. Marchand initiated contact with Kochetkov outside the crease; the goaltender returned the favor with a light slash before delivering a gloved jab. Marchand took exception and delivered a slash to the goalie’s right arm. Both players were given minor penalties for slashing.
Bruins defenseman Derek Forbort was also fined $5,000, with his disciplinary bill coming after some stickwork against Carolina Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen. Referees Dan O’Rourke and Brian Pochmara issued a double-minor for high-sticking.
Both fines are the maximum allowable without a hearing under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Fines are based on a player’s salary with a cap of $5,000 without a hearing for a first incident.
Player Safety has been busy this postseason. The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs have seen $22,000 in fines issued so far in the opening round, along with one suspension.