Patrick Kane's wallet got a little bit lighter Tuesday.
The NHL slapped the Blackhawks star with a $5,000 fine, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Ducks forward Nick Ritchie late in the third period of Monday's 7-3 victory over Anaheim.
Ritchie, who was suspended two games last April for sucker-punching Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival, initiated the first slash on his way to the bench, but it's Kane's retaliation that forced officials to stop play.
Both players were assessed minor penalties on the play.
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The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.
On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:
We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.