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BREAKING NEWS: Mathew Barzal has ONLY been Fined and NOT suspended

NHL Player Safety has issued Mathew Barzal a $5000 fine for his illegal cross-check in Game 5 to Jan Rutta.

Barzal hit him in the chest with his stick and then in the face, causing the defenseman to fall to the ice. The trainer came out to check on him and Rutta eventually skated off on his own, but did not come out for the third period. Lightning coach Jon Cooper had no update after the game.

As for their Game 5 loss, the eight goals were the most allowed by the Islanders since an 8-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 1 of the 2020 Eastern Conference final.

“No one expected an 8-0 game, let’s be honest there,” Stamkos said. “But you earn everything you get. And now we’re going to get an extremely desperate team and they’re a proud group over there. We know their rink is going to be rocking.”

Islanders forward Josh Bailey chimed in: “We know the way we need to play to have success, and this game, we’re going to put behind us.”

Can the Islanders once again tie up this series and force a winner-take-all Game 7?

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
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