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NHL fines Nik Antropov for boarding hit

Mike Smith, Nik Antropov

Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, left, forces Winnipeg Jets center Nik Antropov (80) wide of the net on a penalty shot in the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. Antropov could not score. The Coyotes won 4-1. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)


The NHL decided to hand Winnipeg Jets forward Nik Antropov the maximum $2,500 fine for a boarding hit on Buffalo Sabres defenseman T.J. Brennan.

Video of the offending check is scarce or non-existent on Internet searches, so I’ll leave it to those who have strong opinions one way or another: is this a sufficient punishment for Antropov? Did he deserve a suspension instead? Or could it be that the minor penalty he received in the game itself was enough?

Share your thoughts in the comments and if you happen to know of video footage for the hit, by all means, feel free to post it.