BOSTON (CBS) — David Krejci was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Sunday for slashing Islanders center Mat Barzal in the groin during New York’s Game 4 win over the Bruins on Saturday night.
The fine is the maximum allowed under the CBA. The money will go to the NHL Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.READ MORE: TD Garden Requiring Vaccination Or Negative COVID Test For Bruins, Celtics Games And Concerts
Krejci’s slash came midway through the second period, after Barzal had cross-checked him a number of times without getting slapped with a penalty. So Krejci took matters into his own hands, which initially resulted in a five-minute major for spearing. The penalty was reviewed and the call was changed to a two-minute minor for slashing.READ MORE: Funeral Held For Former Bruins Player Jimmy Hayes
“Obviously wasn’t happy about it,” Krejci said of Barzal’s uncalled cross-checks following Boston’s 4-1 loss. “He went down pretty easily. But it is what it is.”MORE NEWS: Tuukka Rask Still Hopes To Return To Bruins, Promises Money Won't Be An Issue: 'I'll Be A Cheap Goalie'
It will be interesting to see how Krejci and Barzal get along Monday night, when the series shifts back to Boston tied 2-2. The puck is set to drop on Game 5 shortly after 6:30 p.m.