The NHL’s Department of (Occasional) Player Safety has fined Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk for his crosscheck to the back of New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield’s head in Game 2 of their second-round series.
The incident, which took place during a battle in front of the net, went unpenalized during the game. NBC broadcaster Pierre McGuire noted it during play, and said Mayfield did not look right afterward — he stayed down and appeared dazed as play went on and the Bruins continued the offensive zone pressure.
McGuire also called it “old school hockey” upon replay.
Pierre McGuire calling this whole sequence "old school hockey" when Mayfield is clearly dazed afterwards.. pic.twitter.com/BfzJ6NnIdY— NHL Safety Watch (@NHLSafetyWatch) June 1, 2021
All concerned are pretty lucky that Mayfield is apparently alright. (He did not miss time, and finished the game including overtime.) Could’ve been worse and, presumably, that would have resulted in discipline with more teeth from the DPS.
Officially, the fine is for “$5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA” yada yada, we know the drill.
The Isles went on to win Game 2 in overtime to even the series, and the teams have two days before Game 3 on Long Island.