Bruins center David Krejci has been hit with the maximum fine allowed for his Game 4 slash to Islanders center Mat Barzal, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Sunday.
Krejci’s cup-check to Barzal came after receiving a handful of cross checks to the kidneys from Barzal, and with the temperature certainly raised to a boiling point in an already-hot tilt between the B’s and Isles.
Krejci spears Barzal. It's called as a major and reviewed, but becomes a slashing minor. pic.twitter.com/iWbywD6rXg— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) June 6, 2021
Speaking after the loss, Krejci was not a fan of what he felt were some extra theatrics from Barzal.
“Obviously wasn’t happy about it,” Krejci said of the run-in with Barzal. “He went down pretty easily, but, it is what it is.”
“I was a little surprised,” Barzal, who scored the game-winning goal in the 4-1 final, said. “I haven’t seen the clip yet. I felt it was a little vicious. But it’s the ref’s call there. It’s a judgment call from them. Yeah, I thought it was a tad vicious.”
Krejci and the Bruins will look to rebound with Game 5 in Boston on Monday night.
The Bruins and Islanders are tied 2-2 in their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoff series. What does Boston need to do to get back control of the series in Game 5?
If you ask Matt Dolloff and Ty Anderson of the SideLines podcast at 98.5 The Sports Hub, it’s a shakeup on the bottom-six forward lines. And even then, they still desperately need Brandon Carlo back on defense. But will we see either of those things on Monday night?
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