Oilers forward LeonDraisaitlwon't face a suspension for spearing the Sharks' Chris Tierney in the groinduring Tuesday's Game 4 blowout.
The NHL's Department of Player Safety on Wednesday announcedDraisaitlinstead has been fined$2,569.44for the infraction, sparing Edmonton's second-leading scorer from missing out on a crucial Game 5 in the first-round playoff series. The fine is the maximum allowed under the league's collective bargaining agreement.
Draisaitlwas given a five-minute major for spearing and ejected with 6:16 left in the second period of the 7-0 loss in San Jose.
Tierney, who was in obvious pain following the play, went to the locker room but did return to the game in the third period. The Sharks forward is expected to be available to play in his normal fourth-line capacity Thursday in Edmonton.
"Just feel a stick groin in my groin, so obviously it doesn’t feel well at the time," Tierney told reporters following the game, downplaying the situation."Just kind of dropped and went to shake it off. Takes a couple minutes to recover from something like that. But felt OK the rest of the game.
"I’m not really sure what happened. It happened pretty quickly and like I said, I felt his stick go in my groin. Didn’t feel nice at the time. But it happened.”
Draisaitl, 21, doesnot have a history of rules violations during his two NHL seasons and amassed only 20 penalty minutes during the regular season. He was secondto Connor McDavidamong Oilers scorers with 77 points, including 29 goals, in his breakout sophomore campaign.