While there was plenty of rough stuff to go around in last night's second game of the Bruins-Islanders series, it appears that the NHL has decided one incident merited further action.
The league announced this afternoon that Jake DeBrusk has been fined $5,000 for crosschecking Scott Mayfield up high.
The play in question:
#NHLBruins F Jake DeBrusk has been fined $5,000 for cross-checking #Isles D Scott Mayfield.— CordUp (@CordUpTime) June 1, 2021
DeBrusk was not assessed a penalty on the play. pic.twitter.com/aLU16oYo6p
As the Tweet mentions, nothing was called on the play.
This probably should have been called a penalty, but given what was and wasn't called last night, who knows?
The crosschecking call on Brandon Carlo was absurd, but was a penalty on the ice.
This one would have been understandable, but it wasn't called.
Shortly thereafter, Travis Zajac got away with a similar punch/crosscheck to the back of Charlie McAvoy's head.
I suppose the take-home point here is that the officiating was wildly inconsistent across the board last night.
Maybe the NHL is going with a "if no one's happy, everyone's happy" approach.
Good times for all, except maybe for DeBrusk's wallet.