Islanders' Barzal fined $5K for cross-checking Rutta
New York Islanders star Mathew Barzal has been fined $5,000 for cross-checking Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jan Rutta in the face during Game 5 on Monday, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced Tuesday.
The fine is the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement.
Barzal was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct on the play, which occurred at the end of the second period.
Rutta was down on the ice for several minutes before heading to the locker room. His status for Wednesday's Game 6 is unclear.
After the 8-0 blowout loss, Islanders head coach Barry Trotz said he was disappointed in Barzal's decision-making.
Barzal led the Islanders with 45 points this season, and he's recorded 12 points over 17 playoff games so far.
The Lightning lead the series 3-2.