NHL fines Islanders’ Barzal for Cross-Checking

Mathew Barzal Islanders center. 2018 photo By Michael Miller – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

NEW YORK (June 22, 2021) – New York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jan Rutta during Game 5 of the teams’ Semifinals series in Tampa on Monday, June 21, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 20:00 of the second period. Barzal was assessed a major penalty for cross-checking and a game misconduct.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


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