Marco Scandella is $5,000 poorer.
The Buffalo Sabres defenseman unleashed a wicked two-hand slash Tuesday night, and the NHL Player Safety Department hit back Wednesday with a $5,000 fine. It is the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.
The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Scandella took a baseball swing at the lower body of Pittsburgh's Patric Hornqvist midway through the second period of Buffalo's 5-4 overtime loss. Scandella earned a two-minute slashing penalty, and Hornqvist went ballistic on the officials after picking up two minutes for interference.
Scandella is making $4 million this season.
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