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NHL Discipline: Hagel fined; Lucic avoids punishment

NHL Discipline

EDMONTON, AB - MAY 22: Goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Edmonton Oilers is smashed into the boards by Milan Lucic #17 of the Calgary Flames during the third period in Game Three of the Second Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on May 22, 2022 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

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The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced on Monday morning that Tampa Bay Lightning forward has been fined $3,750 for boarding Florida Panthers forward Eetu Luostarinen during the team’s 5-1 win in Game 4 on Sunday afternoon.

The incident happened late in the first period and resulted in Hagel being assessed a two-minute minor for cross-checking.

Luostarinen ended up playing more than 13 minutes during the game and was not seriously injured as a result of the play, which was almost certainly a key factor in Hagel only being fined instead of suspended.

Here is a look at the play.

Despite the lack of injury the fine is still a bit eye-opening given that Toronto’s Alexander Kerfoot was suspended for two games back in November for a very similar looking play.

In other discipline news, there will reportedly be no additional punishment for Calgary Flames forward Milan Lucic after he was ejected from Sunday’s game for a collision with Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith.

You can see the play here.

While there is no official explanation from the league (there typically is not in instances of no discipline), the DoPS presumably sees Smith’s last second turn in playing the puck as a factor in the collision, as well as the ejection being enough of a punishment for Lucic.