By: Adam Gretz
The NHL's department of player safety announced on Friday that Devils forward Patrik Elias has been fined $2,500 for boarding Montreal's Mike Blunden in the first period of New Jersey's 5-3 come-from-behind win.
This is the play that the NHL, most likely led by Brendan Shanahan, a former teammate of Elias with the New Jersey Devils, deemed worthy of a fine.
There was a penalty called on the play as Elias received a two-minute minor for boarding, but remained in the game and finished with an assist in just under 22 minutes of ice-time.
Blunden played one shift in the second period, but did not return after that.
Elias has a pretty clean reputation as a player and usually only averages around 30 penalty minutes per season. In 49 games this season he's spent just 16 minutes in the penalty box.
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