Breaking: NHL hands out maximum penalty for violent slash

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The NHL has fined Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard $5,000, the maximum allowed under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, for his slash on Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck.

The offending play took place during the 3rd period of the teams' game on Sunday evening. It's clear that Savard intended to injure Trocheck on the play with his wicked two-handed slash.

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Ouch... that'll leave a mark!

This is the 27-year-old Savard's first incident with player safety. The smooth skating blue liner has managed just two goals and eight points this season and is seeing his ice time dwindle under head coach John Tortorella. Once a big part of the team's offense and in particular its power play, Savard's offensive impact is a far cry from his peak in 2014-15 when he managed 11 goals and 36 points in 82 games.