By: Andrew Lindroth | Follow me on Twitter! @andrewlindrothh
The NHL Department of Player Safety announced on Tuesday that Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for cross-checking New York Islanders’ defender Scott Mayfield. DeBrusk is now the sixth player this postseason to be fined for their actions, and the first Bruins player to be fined this season/post-season. The cross-checking play occurred during Game 2 at 6:57 remaining in the third period, and it’s assumed that the cross-check targeting the head of Mayfield sparked a fine for the 24-year-old winger. The play did not result in a minor penalty.
According to the NHL, the $5,000 and any other money raised from fines will go towards the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. So far this 2020-2021 season and post-season, the NHL has accumulated $829,870.71 from suspensions resulting in fines and an additional $453,573.99 from other players/team fines.
Luckily for DeBrusk, he recently earned a two-year contract extension worth an average of $3,675,000 per year, so a $5,000 fine won’t put a dent in his wallet by any means. If anything, Bruins fans should be excited to see DeBrusk engaging physically in a vital playoff series without receiving a minor penalty or suspension on the play. In addition, he has started to find his scoring ways again, producing two goals and an assist in seven games so far this post-season.
The Islanders also recently announced the capacity limit increase to 12,000 fans, almost full capacity (13,913) for the remainder of the playoff series. Game 3 between the Bruins and Islanders takes place Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at Nassau Coliseum.