Late in the third period of the Flyers' 6-5 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, Scott Hartnell was slashed after the play and responded by spearing Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore. Hartnell was issued a five-minute major for spearing and a game misconduct.
All five-minute majors are reviewed by the league and this review came from new NHL Vice President of Player Safety Stephane Quintal. Quintal took over for Brendan Shanahan who left the role last week to become the new president of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The league ruled the spear was not suspension worthy but he was fined $5,000.
"In my opinion you have to keep your emotions in check and you can't become a loose cannon out there," Flyers head coach Craig Berube said of Hartnell's spear following the game. "You have to play the right way. You have to be intense, but you have to be smart."
Hartnell, 31, made $6 million this year so the $5,000 fine won't matter all that much. The Flyers surely are relieved they won't be without Hartnell heading into the playoffs. The winger scored 20 goals and dished out 32 assists in 78 games this season for the Flyers.
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