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Chara receives fine for crosscheck

Colton Pankiw   ·   13 février 2020
The NHL Department of Player Safety announced Thursday morning that Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara has been fined $5,000 for crosschecking Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher. The fine is the maximum dollar amount allowed under the CBA.

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The play occurred early in the second period, just as Montreal was about to get started on the powerplay. Although Chara seemed to indicate that it was a sell job from Gallagher, the replays shortly afterward made it appear as though he crosschecked the Habs forward directly in the face. Luckily for Chara, the referees called coincidental penalties, resulting in both players going to the box. If they had gotten a better look at it, it is very likely just Chara would have been penalized which would have resulted in a full two minute 5 on 3 for the Canadiens.

Thankfully for the Canadiens, Gallagher did not suffer an injury on the play. It certainly could have ended worse, as the 27-year-old forward has gone through concussion issues this season. The Bruins will also be thankful to not lose Chara to suspension, as they are now in a tight race with the Tampa Bay Lightning for first in the Atlantic Division after looking like they had it locked up just a month ago. Chara isn’t the same dominating player he was years ago but is still a key part of the Bruins defensive core, often still playing north of 20 minutes a night.



The Bruins went on to win this game by a score of 4-1. It was a big response by the Bruins after an embarrassing loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. As for the Canadiens, they have now lost back to back games and are seeing their playoff hopes decreasing each day.
FEBRUARY 16, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
SEBASTIAN AHO
2 1 3
PATRIC HORNQVIST
2 1 3
LEON DRAISAITL
1 2 3
BRADY TKACHUK
1 2 3
JOSH ARCHIBALD
2 - 2
ADAM HENRIQUE
2 - 2
JOEY ANDERSON
1 1 2
MASON APPLETON
1 1 2
NATHAN BEAULIEU
1 1 2
SIDNEY CROSBY
1 1 2
DEREK GRANT
1 1 2
PATRICK KANE
1 1 2
JOHAN LARSSON
1 1 2
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU
1 1 2
KYLE PALMIERI
1 1 2
MIRO HEISKANEN
- 2 2
DMITRY KULIKOV
- 2 2
COLIN MILLER
- 2 2
RASMUS RISTOLAINEN
- 2 2
KEVIN ROONEY
- 2 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
59 95
DAVID PASTRNAK
60 82
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 81
NATHAN MACKINNON
57 80
ARTEMI PANARIN
57 78
BRAD MARCHAND
60 75
JACK EICHEL
58 74
PATRICK KANE
59 74
NIKITA KUCHEROV
57 72
AUSTON MATTHEWS
60 71
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
AUSTON MATTHEWS
60 42
DAVID PASTRNAK
60 42
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
57 40
LEON DRAISAITL
59 34
JACK EICHEL
58 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
59 61
JOHN CARLSON
58 54
BRAD MARCHAND
60 52
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 51
ARTEMI PANARIN
57 49
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
58 69
ROMAN JOSI
58 57
VICTOR HEDMAN
57 49
ALEX PIETRANGELO
59 47
QUINN HUGHES
58 45
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
QUINN HUGHES
58 45
CALE MAKAR
49 42
VICTOR OLOFSSON
44 38
NICK SUZUKI
61 38
DOMINIK KUBALIK
57 36
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
44 32
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
49 25
JORDAN BINNINGTON
42 24
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
44 24
CAREY PRICE
50 24
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
28 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
42 4
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
49 4
JAMES REIMER
24 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
27 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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