Kings' Danault fined $5K for trip on Lightning's Point

Los Angeles Kings' Phillip Danault (24) tries to regain control of the puck in front of Carolina Hurricanes' Brett Pesce (22) during the first period of an NHL hockey game. (Karl B DeBlaker/AP)

Los Angeles Kings centre Phillip Danault was fined $5,000 by the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Wednesday for tripping Tampa Bay Lightning centre Brayden Point.

The fine is the maximum allowed under the current CBA.

Midway through the second period of Tuesday's game between the Kings and Lightning, Danault appeared to slew foot and trip Point as they were skating alongside each other.

The Lightning (27-9-5) would go on to defeat the Kings (20-15-5) 6-4. Tampa Bay holds the stop spot in the Atlantic Division.

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