Blackhawks

Blackhawks

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.