Fine for DeBrusk’s cross-check on Islanders Mayfield too little too late
Late in yesterday’s game, New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield received a cross-check in the back of the header from Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk. Mayfield was upset by the game. DeBrusk was not penalized for the game.
Today, the NHL Player Safety Department fined DeBrusk $ 5,000 for the act. That’s all they can inflict on him based on the ABC.
I know the Islanders won the game anyway at the end, but the fact that this game resulted in a fine means he should have been penalized. If the referees had called for that sanction, it could have allowed the Islands to lock it into regulation instead of going to sudden death. Finishing DeBrusk now is too little too late.
DeBrusk fined for checking out New York Islanders Scott Mayfield
Could a play penalty have made a difference for the Islanders? Think of it this way. Mayfield was cross-checked at 13:26 of the third period. About a minute later, at 2:39 p.m., the Islanders were indulging in the penalty for too many men on the ice. Brad Marchand would score on this power play to tie the game at 3-3.
Here’s the cross-check in case you don’t quite remember it.
And look, I know the two umpires on the ice don’t always get it all. But this argument does not fly here. You can see the referee enter the frame just before DeBrusk’s cross-check on Mayfield. The referee is in the right position to see everything unfold and calls nothing.
If the Islanders are legitimately on the power-play after this play, Marchand’s power-play goal does not occur and the Islanders kill two full minutes off the clock, assuming they don’t score a third power-play goal (they don’t. probably wouldn’t). t have).
A fine of $ 5,000 is nothing for DeBrusk, who receives $ 2.5 million in salary this year, that fine is 0.002% of his total income. It’s basically a $ 100 fine for you or me. It’s not a lot. I hate paying it (because I’m cheap), but it won’t change my behavior.
I’m glad the DoPS fined him, and I know they’re bound by the ABC in terms of what they can hit him, but this act is too little too late. Officials have to get it right on the ice.