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Lightning’s Pat Maroon, Ryan McDonagh fined for Game 5 hits vs. Panthers

The NHL’s player safety department fined both players the maximum allowable under the CBA.
Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) picks up a roughing penalty as he collides with Florida Panthers left wing Mason Marchment (19) along the boards in front of the Lightning bench during the first period of Game 5.
Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) picks up a roughing penalty as he collides with Florida Panthers left wing Mason Marchment (19) along the boards in front of the Lightning bench during the first period of Game 5. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published May 25, 2021
Updated May 25, 2021

SUNRISE — The NHL’s department of player safety handed down a pair of maximum fines to the Lightning’s Pat Maroon and Ryan McDonagh for their illegal hits during Tampa Bay’s Game 5 loss to the Panthers Monday in Sunrise.

McDonagh was fined $5,000 for his cross-check on the Panthers’ Mason Marchment in the first period, one of three penalties the Lightning committed in a 10-minute span.

McDonagh was retaliating for a hit Marchment put on him moments earlier.

Maroon was fined $3,879.31 for his hit on Panthers forward Noel Acciari in the third period. Maroon lined up in the faceoff circle and bulldozed Acciari to the ground at the puck drop, drawing an unsportsmanlike penalty.

Both fines were the largest allowed by the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

Earlier in the series, Florida’s Sam Bennett received a one-game suspension for a blindside hit on Lightning forward Blake Coleman in Game 1.

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