Tyler Myers fined $5,000 for cross-check on Tommy Wingels

It was likely not a shining moment for Tyler Myers, who was assessed a five-minute major for not just crosschecking Tommy Wingels, but for crosschecking him in the neck.

NEW YORK — Winnipeg Jets defenceman Tyler Myers wasn’t expecting a call from the NHL’s department of player safety after a cross check on San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on Tuesday night.

The NHL thought differently, though, and on Wednesday night fined Myers $5,000.

Myers was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for cross-checking when he banged Wingels in the head after Wingels checked him hard into the boards with seven minutes to go in the third and the Sharks up 2-1.

“I think it’s a joke if I get a phone call from the league,” Myers said following Winnipeg’s 4-1 loss to the Sharks.

Joe Pavelski would score on that ensuing power play to give San Jose a two-goal advantage before Joel Ward added an empty netter.

``It's a penalty. I'm not going to deny that,'' Myers said of the incident. ``Might argue about the five (minutes), but either way it's a penalty I shouldn't have taken.''

Myers added that Wingels was ``taking runs all game,'' but he should have let it go with a 2-1 score.

Wingels said he was forechecking hard and finishing his checks and wasn't sure why Myers was upset in the first place.

``I don't know why he took such exception to it,'' Wingels said. ``He cross-checked me and it was the right call.''

The two teams play each other again on April 7 in San Jose.