Chris Kreider now must pay up for fighting Cody Eakin unfairly.
The NHL fined Kreider $5,000 on Wednesday for removing Eakin’s helmet and hitting him over the head with it during their fight.
The two squared off Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in the second period of the New York Rangers’ 7-6 loss to the Dallas Stars. Here’s the moment in which Kreider crossed the line.
The referee gave both players a five-minute fighting major. Kreider escaped ejection for using a helmet as a weapon, but the lords of NHL discipline weren’t so lenient with him.
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