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Lightning's Sergachev fined $5K for punch

Sergachev punched Canucks forward Conor Garland late in the third period.
Credit: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev plays during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Detroit.

TAMPA, Fla. — The NHL fined Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev after punching a Vancouver Canucks player during Thursday night's game.

In a statement, the league said Sergachev roughed Canucks forward Conor Garland at 19:19 of the third period during the game at Amalie Arena. Cameras showed the punch caused Garland to fall.

Sergachev was fined $5,000 the maximum allowable, the league said. The money will go to the players' emergency assistance fund.

The Lightning defeated the Canucks 5-4.

The team travels to St. Louis on Saturday to face off against the St. Louis Blues.

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