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Cassidy hit with a $25,000 fine for his post-game comments

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As expected.

New York Islanders Vs Boston Bruins At TD Garden Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

We all knew this one was coming!

As expected after last night's post-game riffing on the refs, the NHL announced this morning that Bruce Cassidy has been fined $25,000.

The full news release:

Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has been fined $25,000 for public comments critical of the officiating following Game 5 of the Second Round series against the New York Islanders Monday night in Boston, the National Hockey League announced today. The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

That's a hefty press conference right there.

Whether Cassidy made legitimate points or not, you knew the league wasn't going to let those comments slide by.

Cassidy is scheduled to have a media availability in about an hour.

My guess is that he'll stay away from sharing any further thoughts, but we'll see.

In the case of this fine, it's probably money well spent. I'm sure the players appreciate their coach going to bat for them like that.

Now, let's see what happens with the first penalty call of Game 6...