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NHL fines Bruins captain Zdeno Chara for cross-checking Brendan Gallagher

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has been fined $5,000 for cross-checking Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher Wednesday night, the league announced Thursday.

During the second period of Boston’s 4-1 victory, Gallagher shoved Chara before taking a forceful hit to the throat from Chara’s stick. The two were immediately separated by officials. Chara, who was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking, gestured that Gallagher had theatrically snapped his head back.

Gotta say, this doesnt seem like a fun time

— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) February 13, 2020

“I don’t know what precipitated,’’ coach Bruce Cassidy said Thursday morning at Warrior Ice Arena.