Flyers’ Matt Niskanen fined $5K for slash on Blue Jackets’ Gustav Nyquist

Matt Niskanen breaks his stick on Gustav Nyquist's glove with a two-handed slash, no penalty is called against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Matt Niskanen has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for slashing Columbus Blue Jackets forward Gustav Nyquist during Thursday’s 4-3 overtime victory, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Friday.

Ottawa Senators forward Scott Sabourin was also fined $1,881.72, the maximum amount under the CBA, for unsportsmanlike conduct against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

Sabourin was given a misconduct penalty after spraying water at Mark Scheifele while on the bench.

“I didn’t really care, it was kind of stupid,” Scheifele told reporters about Sabourin spraying water on him. “It doesn’t really bother me. If it got in my face or, you know, I might have been a little more mad, but you know, it was kind of stupid.”

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