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DeBrusk of the Boston Bruins was fined $5000 for cross-checking Mayfield

Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Tuesday afternoon for cross-checking New York Islanders defenseman Scott

Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Tuesday afternoon for cross-checking New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield with just over seven minutes left in regulation of the Islanders’ 4-3 overtime triumph in Game 2.

This is the maximum fine that can be imposed before a suspension is imposed. Despite the fact that it was a clear cross-check to the back of the Islanders defenseman, there was no penalty on the play. Mayfield knelt in discomfort for a few moments before limping off to the Islanders bench. Late in the third quarter, Mayfield returned and played in overtime.

The NHL announced Tuesday afternoon that Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk has been fined $5,000 for cross-checking New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield with just over seven minutes left in regulation of the Islanders’ 4-3 overtime win in Game 2.

This is the maximum fine allowed before a suspension takes place. There was no penalty on the play even though it was a clear-cut cross-check to the back of the Islanders defenseman. Mayfield laid crouched over in pain for a bit before laboring off to the Islanders bench. Mayfield did return late in the third period and played in overtime.

Here’s the official statement from the NHL Department of Player Safety:

Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield during Game 2 of the teams’ Second Round series in Boston on Monday, May 31, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today. The incident occurred at 13:04 of the third period. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Fortunately for the Boston Bruins, DeBrusk was not sent to the penalty box for even a minor infraction since the team was in the middle of a two-goal third-period rally that tied the game at three and forced overtime. Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins tied the game just over three minutes later, at 15:06 of the second period. The Bruins appeared to have expended all of their energy in that third-period comeback, as they were out-shot 9-6 before Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Jeremy Lauzon coughed up the puck on the offensive blue line, allowing New York Islanders forward Casey Cizikas to break in alone and beat Tuukka Rask for the overtime winner at 14:48 of the extra frame.

The Boston Bruins and New York Islanders will play Game 3 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, on Thursday.

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