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NHL Discipline: Kuznetsov, Benn receive fines for high-sticking

NHL Discipline Fines

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 7: Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Florida Panthers fights to see around Evgeny Kuznetsov #92 of the Washington Capitals during Game Three of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena on May 7, 2022 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by John McCreary/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The NHL’s Department of Player Safety handed out a couple of fines on Sunday morning for a pair of incidents that happened over the weekend.

Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov was issued a $5,000 fine for high-sticking Florida Panthers forward Noel Acciari during a scrum in the Capitals’ 6-1 Game 3 win. Kuznetsov was not penalized for the incident during the game.

Elsewhere, Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn was also given a $5,000 for a high-sticking incident of his own against Calgary Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane in the Stars’ 4-2 win. He also was not penalized during the game.

The Flames-Stars series has been extremely physical through the first three games, with a handful of fights (John Klingberg and Matthew Tkachuk dropped the gloves just 1:22 into Saturday’s game) and countless scrums. Saturday’s game saw the two teams combine for 38 penalty minutes.