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.