Kings’ Clifford given maximum fine for kneeing Wild’s Greenway

Eric Fehr and Jonas Brodin scored their first goals of the season, and the Minnesota Wild beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1.

Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford has been fined for kneeing Jordan Greenway of the Minnesota Wild, the NHL’s department of player safety announced Friday.

Clifford clipped Greenway near centre ice midway through the first period of Thursday’s 4-1 Wild victory.

Greenway avoided injury and was able to stay in the game as Clifford was assessed a minor penalty for tripping.

Clifford, who ended up scoring L.A.’s lone goal, also received five minutes for fighting after Greenway’s teammate Nick Seeler came to his defence and dropped the gloves with the Kings’ third-liner.

The play ending up costing Clifford $4,301.08, which is the maximum allowable fine under the collective bargaining agreement.

Greenway was assigned to the AHL’s Iowa Wild Friday, but it had nothing to do with the play involving Clifford. Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters it’s a short-term move meant to provide Greenway with an opportunity to log some more ice time and gain confidence. The 21-year-old rookie has one assist in nine games and is averaging 11:22 per night.

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