The NHL Department of Player Safety has handed out a pair of fines today, sanctioning defensemen Charlie McAvoy of the Boston Bruins and Brendan Smith of the Carolina Hurricanes for violations committed during yesterday’s series-ending contest. Both were fined the maximum allowable amount under the CBA.
McAvoy’s $5,000 fine came for tripping, in an incident where he tripped Hurricanes defenseman Brady Skjei. The incident came at 6:10 of the third period. The Bruins were pressing into Carolina’s end of the ice, looking to create a scoring chance when their possession of the puck ended and Hurricanes forward Jesper Fast cleared the puck down the ice. McAvoy, who was hovering around the area that Fast occupied, knocked Fast down and then went and committed this tripping infraction on Skjei.
Smith’s fine, a $2,000 cost to the player, is for elbowing Bruins’ forward David Pastrnak. Pastrnak retrieved a puck in the corner and curled it around the net, and after the puck had already left Pastrnak’s stick Smith went to engage Pastrnak in a body check. Smith left his feet on the check, his elbow rising to the point of hitting Pastrnak in the head, hence the fine for elbowing. The fine occurred at 1:18 in the third period of yesterday’s game.