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Boston Bruins Hall Fined $5000 For Gloved Punch



It was a contentious Atlantic Division rivalry game between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, and both sides have the bruises to show for it. The Leafs were down to four defensemen in the 6-4 win over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden when Justin Holl and Ilya Lyubushkin left “for precautionary reasons” due to incidents during the game.

In fact, Boston Bruins winger Taylor Hall was hit with some supplementary discipline from the league for the exchange with Lyubushkin. Hall was fined $5,000 by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday morning for “roughing” Lyubushkin after getting thrown face-first into the side boards.

The play in question occurred late in the second period with the Leafs blowing out the Bruins when Lyubushkin threw Hall from behind into the side boards as the two players battled for a nearby puck.

An incensed Hall got up, saw there was no boarding call from the refs after they’d whistled David Pastrnak for a borderline boarding call in the first period and then smacked Lyubushkin in the side of the head with a gloved punch. Lyubushkin immediately went down to the ice and was helped back to the Maple Leafs dressing where he never returned to the win for the Maple Leafs. Hall was called for a roughing minor penalty as a result of the incident.

The good news was that Lyubushkin’s Toronto teammates seemed to indicate he was doing okay following the game.

Clearly the Toronto hockey media wasn’t doing as well postgame as they were calling for Hall’s head for a sucker punch that knocked the Leafs defenseman out of the game.

After the game, the Boston Bruins had issues with the officiating from Francois St. Laurent and Kendrick Nicholson not sticking with the boarding standard they’d set in the first period.



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“Taylor got upset and rightfully so. [David Pastrnak] had a hard, clean hit earlier in the game [called boarding]. We were told nobody likes to receive a hit like that and we got the same hit [on Hall],” said Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “They’re communicating to us, and they have to back up their standard. If that’s their standard then that’s their standard, and it’s entirely up to them. So stick to your standard, I guess. I get why Taylor was upset.”

This humble hockey writer’s opinion: It was surprising to see a quick gloved jab like that seemingly do as much damage as it did, but the league (understandably) doesn’t look kindly on those kinds of blows to the head. It’s a tough call all around, but it doesn’t help Hall’s case that Lyubushkin never returned to the game.

On the other side, the Maple Leafs said they were simply ready to play through whatever physicality the Bruins were going to throw at them.

“If they want to go around and do that, they’re more than welcome to. It doesn’t bother us at all,” said Harvard University standout Alex Kerfoot.

The Leafs were going to take Wednesday off following the win, so there won’t be any health update on Lyubushkin until Thursday at the earliest.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston,, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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Michael Parahus

Apparently Hockey Night in Canada was also calling for a suspension on Hall. My word has the NHL gone soft.? If a player standing up for himself with a gloved hand is a suspendible offense….then this game and league have gone way past the point of turning the NHL into something not worth watching. Bunting getting his stick up in McEvoy’s neck/face is/was more of a suspendible offense than what Hall did.


How about a fine for the refs?? That hit on Hall was boarding in any game, called by any ref! His head went into the boards and nothing from the 2 overpaid spectators in stripes?
Another free pass for a poor officiating performance! The Hall disallowed goal which was then overturned on video review was a perfect example of how this crew was favouring the “NHLs team”. I know plenty of us are getting sick of it.



William Mahoney

The NHL must have the word out ” fine and get the Bruins on the simplest infractions or even make them up but call everything possible to get them!! When is “Management ” going to do something about this obvious bias and hate???









William Mahoney

The NHL is going to drive fans away from the game!

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Lyubushkin in English, translates to “wuss”!


The problem I. Hockey 🏒 is parochial refereeing. One team commits a penalty and the other team is called for embellishment.. hockey is very fast and could benefit from a video ref. Just call all the penalties in an unbiased manner!

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