It was a busy morning for the NHL's Department of Player Safety, who handed out fines to three different players on Wednesday.
Most notable was Winnipeg Jets rearguard Dustin Byfuglien's $5,000 fine for slashing Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle on Tuesday night in Winnipeg. Beagle was carrying the puck up the ice when Byfuglien took a couple of whacks at him, and caught him on the ribs.
Byfuglien was called for slashing and sent to the box for two minutes. Beagle had to be helped to the bench and didn’t play for the rest of the game.
Also receiving fines were Vegas Golden Knights blue-liner Deryk Engelland and Capitals defenseman Madison Bowey.
As for Bowey, he was penalized for interference on Winnipeg forward Matt Hendricks, who didn’t return to the game. Jets Coach Paul Maurice said Hendricks hasn’t been diagnosed with a concussion yet, though the team intends to re-evaluate him again Wednesday.
The league is surely trying to crack down on slashing penalties as the season goes on...