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Bolts' Watson fined for hitting Preds' Lauzon with slap shot at buzzer in blowout

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The NHL Department of Player Safety fined Tampa Bay Lightning forward Austin Watson $2,022.57 - the maximum allowable - for unsportsmanlike conduct Friday.

Watson unleashed a slap shot from his own blue line that struck Nashville Predators defenseman Jeremy Lauzon at center ice as time expired on a 5-1 loss Thursday.

Watson got a 10-minute misconduct and a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Predators head coach Andrew Brunette said postgame he wasn't happy with the play.

Watson played his first six seasons with the Predators before suiting up for three with the Ottawa Senators and then signing a one-year deal with the Lightning on Oct. 9.

Nashville acquired Lauzon in a March 2022 trade with the Seattle Kraken. He began his career with the Boston Bruins in 2018-19.

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