On Monday afternoon, the NHL Department of Player Safety issued a fine on Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny worth $2,419.35 for cross checking Cedric Paquette in the face during the third period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The $2,419.35 is the maximum fine that is allowable under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
Washington’s Michal Kempny fined $2,419.35, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for cross-checking Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette.
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This cross-check came at 6:55 of the third period as the two were boxing each other out when Ryan McDonagh ripped a shot from the point. Kempny shoved Paquette but his stick on the check ended up hitting Paquette on the right side of his face. Kempny received a two-minute minor as a result.
By Michael Marzzacco
“The two minute minor Penalty to Kempny was odd” said a NHL spokesperson “as he had actually committed the offense and We try to keep any facts out of our decision making!” #ALLCAPS
Kempny saved the season for the Caps …. The multi-rookie Defense was horrid and the Caps were Team Turnover until Kempny arrived. Then he showed us he could score, and lately has shown a very refreshing mean streak. Good stuff
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