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Oilers Draisaitl fined for spearing incident, avoids suspension

Sports Xchange - Thursday 20th April, 2017

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl was fined $2,569.44 for spearing San Jose forward Chris Tierney on Tuesday in the second period of a 7-0 Sharks win in Game 4 of the best-of-seven playoff series.

Draisaitl had a hearing Wednesday and was fortunate to not receive a suspension. He received a major penalty and game misconduct penalty after the incident.

Draisaitl, who had only 20 penalty minutes all season, was one of the Oilers' most productive players during the regular season with 77 points, but has yet to record a point in the playoffs.

The fine is the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

The first-round series is tied at two games apiece, with Game 5 on Thursday in Edmonton.

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