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Canadiens' Mike Matheson fined by NHL Department of Player Safety
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CANADIENS' MIKE MATHESON FINED BY NHL DEPARTMENT OF PLAYER SAFETY

JAN 20, 2023  (11H38)      COOPER GODIN
The National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced on Friday that they've fined Montreal Canadiens defenceman Mike Matheson $5,000 for interference on Florida Panthers forward Eric Staal.

The incident occurred during the first period of Thursday's game between the two teams. Matheson and Staal were chasing down a loose puck, when the Habs blue liner stops and levels the former Canadiens forward. No penalty was called on the play and after a brief moment on the bench, Staal left for the locker room and did not return.



Later in the game, the Panthers sought retribution for the hit as Matthew Tkachuk dropped the mitts with Matheson in a spirited bout. Two more fights ensued, also in the third period, as Arber Xhekaj took on Givani Smith, while Michael Pezzetta went at it with Ryan Lomberg.


The Canadiens and Panthers will meet again on March 16th in Sunrise and then on March 30th in Montreal.

DID THE NHL DOPS MAKE THE RIGHT CALL IN GIVING MATHESON A FINE?
JANUARY 20      79 ANSWERS
YES2126.6 %
NO, SHOULD HAVE BEEN A SUSPENSION2329.1 %
NO, SHOULDN'T HAVE GOT ANYTHING2632.9 %
SEE RESULTS911.4 %
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