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Penguins’ Petry Fined the Max By NHL for Preseason Punch

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CRANBERRY — At least one of the Pittsburgh Penguins lost more than an exhibition game Tuesday night.

Defenseman Jeff Petry has been fined $5,000 — the maximum allowed under the league’s collective bargaining agreement — by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for roughing Detroit forward Jonatan Berggren at 5:46 of the second period of the Red Wings’ 6-2 victory at PPG Paints Arena.

Petry was assessed a roughing minor after punching Berggren in the back of the head, although he contended after the game that that had not been his intention.

“I was just trying to punch/push the top of his shoulder, to kind of knock him off-balance,” he said. “It grazed off the top of his shoulder and went up. I wasn’t trying to punch him in the back of the head, or anything like that.”

The money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Tom Bachey
Tom Bachey
2 months ago

But Jacob Trouba gets NOTHING for elbowing Sid in the head, directly??? Seems fair.

JICS
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom Bachey

Yes, seems fair, doesn’t it? When a team wants to win that bad, they shouldn’t be allowed in the league! Not to mention that the same offender (Trouba), in the first period of the game hit Rakkel in the head, and put him out of the game for good. He got the same penalty – NOTHING! We need some new referees and some new people runniing DOPS! The NHL should be ashamed when they have staff that prejudiced, and they let them away with it!!!

William Maloni
William Maloni
2 months ago
Reply to  JICS

Just take it you the road from the Pens practice facility to Washington, Pa., and discuss it with George Parros, the NHL’s head of player safety.

He’ll give you a fair hearing, as per the Neanderthals in Toronto.