Brad Marchand latest player to be fined in these playoffs
The NHL playoffs are just a few days old and already we’ve seen six players fined and one suspended.
On Thursday, Boston Bruins Brad Marchand and his teammate Derek Forbort were each fined a maximum $5,000.
Marchand was fined for a slash on Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov during their Game 2 loss on Wednesday night. Kochetkov slashed Marchand back and was penalized but not fined.
Meanwhile, Forbort was pretty busy getting into trouble. He received a double minor for high-sticking Teuvo Teravainen. In total, he finished the game with 8 penalty minutes.
The Hurricanes lead the series 2-0 and it may be a good idea for Boston to stay out of the box. So far, the Bruins have racked up 28 penalty minutes to give Carolina 9 power plays. They’ve scored twice on the man advantage.
Game 3 is Friday night in Boston.
The NHL issued fines totaling $12,000 to four players on Tuesday for incidents in Monday’s playoff series openers.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon was fined $5,000 for crosschecking St. Louis forward Pavel Buchnevich with 1:46 remaining in the Blues’ 4-0 win in St. Paul.
“We were frustrated last night and we took some bad penalties. That’s a bad penalty. He knows it. We know it,” coach Dean Evason said. “We’ve got to clean it up. Probably a good example, right? Not probably. It is a good example. When Jared Spurgeon does something like that, that means your group is off-kilter a little bit. So they’ll rein it back in and he’ll be the guy to do it.”The Athletic (Subscription Required)
Tampa Bay forward Corey Perry was fined $2,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct after multiple fights broke out in the third period of the Lightning’s 5-0 loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto.
Lightning forward Pat Maroon and Leafs forward Wayne Simmonds were each fined $2,250 for unsportsmanlike conduct for their roles in the same bloody brawl.
The fine amounts issued by NHL Player Safety were the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement.
Kyle Clifford suspended
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Kyle Clifford had a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Tuesday following his hit on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ross Colton in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
They decided to suspend him for 1 Game, which he served on Wednesday.
Clifford was ejected from the Maple Leafs’ 5-0 victory on Monday after receiving a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding.
Clifford hit Colton into the glass in the neutral zone at 6:59 of the first period. Colton was not injured on the play, and the Lightning mustered just two shots on the ensuing five-minute power play.
Clifford, 31, recorded three points (one goal, two assists) and 31 penalty minutes in 23 games with the Maple Leafs this season. He also had an assist in two games with the St. Louis Blues in 2021-22.
–Field Level Media contributed to this article