Mikhail Sergachev fined for cross check on Sabres Johan Larsson

Sergachev was fined the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev "has improved so much on his own end in the way he has played" recently, according to coach Jon Cooper. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev "has improved so much on his own end in the way he has played" recently, according to coach Jon Cooper. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Published January 13

Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev was fined for his third-period cross-check of Sabres forward John Larsson on Saturday, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced Sunday.

The league fined Sergachev $2,403.67, the maximum amount that the Collective Bargaining Agreement allows. This money will go to the players' emergency assistance fund.

After a Larsson checked him with about 6:30 left in the third period, Sergachev retaliated with a check to the face. The officials assessed Sergachev a double-minor penalty for high-sticking while Larsson went to the box for cross-checking.

"The one thing that stands out is that was a tough penalty he took with six minutes left," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said postgame. "He's young, so he'll grow through that. Guys did a good job getting out of it."

The Lightning went on to win 5-3.

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