Coyotes’ Holland fined for sucker punch on Lightning’s Palat

Former Maple Leaf Peter Holland a little lighter in the wallet for this punch to the head of Bolts Ondrej Palat.

Arizona Coyotes forward Peter Holland has been fined by the NHL for his sucker punch on Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning during Saturday night’s game.

The fine, which was announced by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Tuesday, will be $3,611.11 for a punch to an unsuspecting opponent, the maximum allowable fine under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The incident occurred in the second period of the game when Holland was hit hard into the boards by Palat and retaliated by getting up, dropping his gloves, and throwing a punch at the unsuspecting Czech.

Palat was not injured on the play.

Holland, 26, has five points (one goal, four assists) in 18 games with the Coyotes since coming over in a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs in December.