Zdeno Chara Receives Maximum Fine For Cross-Checking Brendan Gallagher

Zdeno Chara’s pockets are a bit lighter Thursday than they were before Wednesday’s game against the Canadiens.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety fined the Boston Bruins defenseman $5,000 for his cross-check on Montreal winger Brendan Gallagher. The fine is the maximum allowed under the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the NHL Players’ Association.

The cross-check occurred during an altercation before a faceoff early in the second period. Gallagher and Chara were issued matching roughing penalties and continued shouting at each other while sitting in their respective penalty boxes.

The Bruins went on to pick up a 4-1 victory over their arch rivals. They’ll return to the ice Saturday afternoon when they host the Red Wings, who beat the Bruins last Sunday in Detroit.

Thumbnail photo via Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports Images