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Habs’ Emelin fined for hit on Gionta

New York Rangers v Montreal Canadiens - Game One

MONTREAL, QC - MAY 19: Alexei Emelin #74 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre on May 19, 2014 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

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The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has fined Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin $11,021.51, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for his illegal check to the head of Buffalo Sabres forward Brian Gionta.

The incident occurred during the third period of Buffalo’s 2-1 win over Montreal Friday night.

Emelin and Gionta were teammates for three seasons in Montreal.

The money Emelin was fined goes to the players’ emergency assistance Fund.

The Sabres and Canadiens play the second half of their home-and-home tonight in Montreal.

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