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New York Islanders’ Mathew Barzal fined $5,000 for cross-checking

Jun 19, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) attempts a pass against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in game four of the 2021 Stanley Cup Semifinals at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal was fined $5,000 Tuesday for cross-checking Jan Rutta of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of their Stanley Cup playoff semifinal series on Monday night.

The amount represents the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.

As time expired in the second period of Tampa Bay’s eventual 8-0 win, Barzal and Rutta began shoving near the Lightning bench before Barzal cross-checked Rutta in the face. Rutta remained face-down on the ice for several moments, and he did not return for the third period.

The officials assessed Barzal, New York’s top-line center, a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

Barzal, 24, has tallied six goals and six assists in 17 playoffs games this spring. In 55 regular-season appearances, he scored 17 goals and added 28 assists to lead the team in points (45).

The Islanders face elimination entering Wednesday’s Game 6 down 3-2 to the defending Cup champions.

–Field Level Media