Mathew Barrzal, New York Islanders forward, was given a $2,500 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct in a loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs

NEW YORK — New York IslandersForward Mathew BarzalHe was penalized $2,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct after he made contact with a player while seated on the bench during Sunday's loss in Toronto.

Monday's announcement by the NHL's player safety department was of a supplemental discipline.

Barzal reached for the jersey of Maple Leafs forward, while sitting on the bench. It was about four minutes into the third period. Mitchell MarnerHe was held onto for a few seconds to prevent him from moving on to the next play.

Hockey Night in Canada, Marner called it a first. He said that he hoped he was fined. That would be great.

Marner stated that Marner and him had played a lot against one another, but they also played together a few times. He's a friend of mine. He's a tough competitor. It's entertaining to watch and fun to play against him. It's quite funny.

Marner has been a major offensive force for the Maple Leafs in recent weeks and is sometimes known to cause a stir among the players. He is second on the Maple Leafs with 34 goals, 94 points and has scored four goals over the last three games. He was on Toronto's No. The NHL's top goal scorer is not on the 1st line. Auston Matthews, who was carrying an undisclosed injury.

After back-to-back appearances at the NHL semifinals, the Islanders have been struggling this season and were eliminated from playoff contention with a 4-2 loss.

Barzal is now facing his third career NHL fine, and the first of this season. Barzal was penalized $2,000 in April 2021 for diving/embellishment and $5,000 two months later when he cross-checked Tampa Bay's defenseman. Jan Rutta.

This report was contributed by The Associated Press.

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