As announced Friday by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, Kyle Clifford was fined $4,301.08 – the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement – for kneeing Minnesota Wild forward Jordan Greenway during the first period of Los Angeles’ 4-1 loss at Minnesota on Thursday.
This is the second time that Clifford, now in his ninth season, has run afoul of the Department of Player Safety. Early in the 2013-14 season, he was fined $2,756.41 for kneeing Ryan Nugent-Hopkins during a game against the Oilers at Staples Center. Nugent-Hopkins had to be assisted off the ice but was uninjured and returned to the game.
Greenway was not injured on the play and played 10:04 for the Wild. Shortly after the contact, Clifford engaged Nick Seeler, and both were assessed five-minute fighting majors in addition to Clifford’s two-minute tripping minor.
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