NHL fines Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid $5K for elbowing

Mar 27, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) skates during the warm-up against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL fined Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid $5,000 on Wednesday for elbowing Montreal Canadiens forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi.

The fine is the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement.

The incident occurred with 2:34 remaining in the first period of Edmonton’s 4-0 loss at Montreal on Tuesday night.

Kotkaniemi, who scored the Canadiens’ first goal, had just passed the puck when McDavid delivered a high hit with his right elbow. The 24-year-old center received a two-minute roughing penalty.

McDavid leads the NHL in points (63) and assists (42). He also leads the Oilers with 21 goals in 37 games this season.

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–Field Level Media