This just in, the NHL Player Safety has fined Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny $2,419.35 for his cross check on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.
Kempny received a minor penalty at 6:55 of third period for his actions. For what it's worth, Paquette was not injured on the play and actually appeared to blow a kiss towards the Capitals bench on his way onto the Lightning bench. Bear with us while we try to gain access to some video footage of the event.
The 27 year old Kempny was acquired by the Capitals prior to the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline from the Chicago Blackhawks. The Czech native put up two goals and three points in 22 regular season games with the Capitals and one goal and two points during 14 playoff games. The dependable defensive defenseman has slotted into the team's defense corps nicely, playing on the top pair with star defenseman John Carlson.
Incredibly, Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has NOT been fined for an ugly play that transpired in the waning moments of last night's game in which he appeared to kick Capitals forward Brett Connolly.
What?! Just watch for yourself:
What on Earth is he thinking!? There’s no way this is unintentional, right?! There’s no need for Kucherov to lift his right leg the way he does… there’s obviously no need for him to then kick Connolly either. So again… what on Earth is he thinking!? Is this just a case of poor sportsmanship on Kucherov’s part? Keep in mind that this is during the final moments of play and his team is down 6-2 at this point…
Any way you look at it, this is NOT a good look for the Lightning and their star player. You can’t just go around kicking players when things aren’t going your way. The worst part? When Connolly confront Kucherov, Kucherov just steps off the ice and into the safety of his team’s bench. Again… NOT a good look.
Evidently NHL Player Safety has NOT deemed this a dangerous play worthy of supplemental discipline. Remarkable.