Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been fined $2,403.67 for kneeing Pittsburgh’s Conor Sheary, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced on Friday. That is the maximum allowable fine under the collective bargaining agreement.

Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said on Friday afternoon (before the fine was announced) that he thought the hit was “shin-on-shin.” Wilson delivered the hit to Sheary during the third period of Washington’s 4-3 overtime win over Pittsburgh Thursday night.

“Sheary gives a little shimmy, and it was really shin-on-shin,” Trotz said. “We leave everything to the league. Whatever they decide, I think we’re fine with. That’s what their job is, and we’ve got to respect what they do. Player safety with the NHL has done, I think, a good job. It’s not the easiest job, I know that. Whatever they decide, we’re fine with.”

Trotz was pressed as to whether he thought the hit was clean, and he stopped short of that description.

“I thought it was okay, but it wasn’t really, I would say necessary, probably on both,” he said.

Wilson, 22, has never been suspended by the NHL, but he accumulated the third-most penalty minutes in the league this season and even he admits to developing a reputation as a result.

“The great thing about Tom, and I say this with all due respect, Tom has been a young player who’s evolved to become a very effective player for us, not only being a physical force but being a good penalty killer, a good 5-on-5 guy,” Trotz said. “He’s grown his game. His first mentality as a young guy is to run you right through the boards, and I think we refined his game to ‘we don’t want to hit on the numbers, we don’t want to hit at the head, but clean, physical hits are okay’ because that’s part of his game.

“That’s part of the NHL game. I think he’s done a really good job, and the referees and the linesmen complimented on that in the previous series about how they thought he grew, which I think helps me as a coach reinforce the young player just growing his game and understanding the moving standards all the time because our game does change its standards to make it a safer game for everybody. He’s adapting, and I thought he’s done a real good job.”