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.
DeBrusk was not assessed a penalty on the play. pic.twitter.com/aLU16oYo6p
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Thankfully for the Boston Bruins, DeBrusk was not sent to the sin-bin for even a minor because at the time they were in the midst of a two-goal comeback in the third period that tied the game at three and forced overtime. Just over three minutes later, at 15:06 of the period, Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand scored the game-tying goal. The Bruins appeared to have used up all their energy in that third period comeback though, as they were out-shot 9-6 before Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Jeremy Lauzon coughed up the puck on the offensive blue line and New York Islanders forward Casey Cizikas broke in alone to beat Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask for the overtime winner at 14:48 of the extra frame.
Game 3 between the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders will be on Thursday at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.