A suspension and fine have already been assessed while there are meetings scheduled with the Department of Players Safety throughout the day tomorrow for decisions on a few others.
With 4.42 left in the final period, Craig Adams instigated a fight with fiery Flyers winger Scott Hartnell and was given a minor penalty for instigating, a major penalty for fighting, along with a game misconduct.
For instigating a fight within the last five minutes of the game (15.18 of the third period), the NHL has decided to uphold Rule 46 which are an automatic suspension for Adams since the fight was in the final five minutes of a game along with which comes with an automatic $10,000 fine for the coach when the one-game suspension is imposed as outlined in 46.12 and 46.22 below:
46.12 Instigator in Final Five Minutes of Regulation Time (or Anytime in Overtime) – A player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation in the final five (5) minutes of regulation time or at any time in overtime shall be assessed an instigator minor penalty, a major penalty for fighting, and a game misconduct penalty, subject to the conditions outlined in 46.22.
46.22 Fines and Suspensions – Instigator in Final Five Minutes of Regulation Time (or Anytime in Overtime) - A player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation in the final five (5) minutes of regulation time or at anytime in overtime (see 46.12) shall be suspended for one game, pending a review of the incident.
When the one-game suspension is imposed, the Coach shall be fined $10,000 – a fine that will double for each subsequent incident.
The suspension shall be served unless, upon review of the incident, the Director of Hockey Operations, at his discretion, deems the incident is not related to the score, previous incidents in the game or prior games, retaliatory in nature, “message sending”, etc. The length of suspension will double for each subsequent offense. This suspension shall be served in addition to any other automatic suspensions a player may incur for an accumulation of three or more instigator penalties.
Two other Penguin forwards have hearings scheduled with the Department of Player Safety tomorrow.
James Neal will have two separate hearings for his hit on Sean Couturier for which no penalty was assessed as well as for charging Claude Giroux for which he received a charging penalty (both occurring in the third period of the game). Arron Asham will also have a hearing to discuss his cross-check on Brayden Schenn late in the first period for which he received a match penalty.