TAMPA — Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny has been 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 final, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced. 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 for Kempny in late February, and his addition to the team’s blueline has stabilized the defense. He scored his first playoff goal in Game 1 of this series, and skating beside top right-shot defenseman John Carlson, Kempny has had a 17:37 time on ice during the postseason.
The Capitals have a two-games-to-none series lead on Tampa Bay, and Game 3 of the series is on Tuesday at Capital One Arena.