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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 12: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins defends Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens during the second period at TD Garden on February 12, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

For some reason, Brendan Gallagher felt the need to get all ornery with Zdeno Chara on Wednesday night. He paid a pretty painful price at one point in the Habs’ 4-1 loss to the Bruins, taking a Chara cross-check right to the throat.

It didn’t come without consequences. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced on Thursday that Chara has been fined the maximum $5,000 for the cross-check. You can see the incident below via CBS Sports’ Pete Blackburn:

Chara and Gallagher received matching penalties and Gallagher apparently didn’t suffer any injuries from the cross-check. So that may explain why Chara only got fined and wasn’t in danger of a suspension. It’s the kind of horseplay you see pretty often in NHL games, but Chara just went a little too high with his.

You can see in this freeze frame that Chara’s stick pretty much went right into Gallagher’s larynx. The Canadiens winger might have protected himself by getting his right arm caught under Chara’s stick.

So, thankfully the Bruins won’t have to play without Chara. Even if he did get suspended, a little rest for the captain would have been fine. To put a Canadien in his place? Worth every cent for him.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at