TAMPA — Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny was fined $2,419.35, the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement, for cross-checking Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Monday. Kempny was penalized on the play and, after forward Tom Wilson was suspended three games during the Capitals’ second-round playoff series, Kempny is fortunate the cross-check didn’t result in harsher supplemental discipline.
Washington traded a third-round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for Kempny in late February, and his addition to the team’s blue line has stabilized the defense. He scored his first playoff goal in Game 1 of this series; skating beside top right-shot defenseman John Carlson, Kempny has averaged 17:37 of ice time during the postseason.
The Capitals have a 2-0 series lead on Tampa Bay. Game 3 is Tuesday night at Capital One Arena.