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Ouch: Friedman Fined the Max for Spearing Kuraly

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Pittsburgh Penguins Mark Friedman

Mark Friedman didn’t get to finish the Pittsburgh Penguins final preseason game on Saturday after he speared Columbus Blue Jackets forward Sean Kuraly.

Officials assessed Friedman a five-minute major and a 10-minute game misconduct. The Penguins won the game 4-3 in OT when Jason Zucker scored in overtime. However, the Penguins were forced to play more than 50 minutes of the game with only five defensemen.

On Sunday, the NHL levied a little more punishment.

From the NHL release:

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Mark Friedman has been fined $1,812.50, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for spearing Columbus Blue Jackets forward Sean Kuraly during NHL Preseason Game No. 97 in Columbus on Saturday, Oct. 9, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 9:47 of the first period. Friedman was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for spearing.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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German Pens Fan
German Pens Fan
11 days ago

Puh, Friedman wasn’t smart here but at least he showed some life, not like the usual soft Pens defense.
For a “real spear” Pens should give Goldberg a contract, lol.

Mike Donnelly
Mike Donnelly
11 days ago

That’s a “Tom Wilson” excuse right there. I liker MF as a piece on the blue line, but spearing is inexcusable.

German Pens Fan
German Pens Fan
11 days ago
Reply to  Mike Donnelly

Absolutely aggrement here but that’s actually the way the NHL is going. Back to the physical stuff and other teams get away with that. Why not the Pens?

Frank
Frank
11 days ago

Wow! $1800! Sounds more like a parking violation. So if at some point later this season in an important game, if Sid is running around scoring points, an opposing coach only has to send out a knuckle dragging fourth liner for a skate and a spear to put Crosby in the locker room. . . all for $1800. Another fine example of player safety in the NHL. Once a garage league always a garage league.

Nicholas
Nicholas
11 days ago

To be perfectly honest, I dont care that Friedman did that. At least he plays with an edge.

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