The NHL Department of Player Safety announced on Sunday afternoon that center Evgeny Kuznetsov has been fined $5,000 for high-sticking center Noel Acciari in the Washington Capitals’ 6-1 win over the Florida Panthers in Game 3 of the best-of-seven first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series on Saturday.
The incident occurred during a stoppage of play where Kuznetsov sticked Acciari in the jaw. Afterward, Acciari went ballistic. No penalty was assessed on the play.
Washington’s Evgeny Kuznetsov has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for High-sticking Florida’s Noel Acciari.
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The money will go to the NHL Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The Capitals lead the series 2-1 heading into Game 4 at Capital One Arena on Monday (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington locally, TBS nationally).
By Harrison Brown