Late in the second period of last night’s game between San Jose Sharks and Tampa Bay Lightning, Joe Thornton let his emotions get the best of him and slashed Tyler Johnson in the back of his left leg.

The penalty was a costly one for both the veteran forward and the Sharks as Johnson scored on the ensuing power play to give Tampa a 2-1 lead, in a game they went on to win 5-2.

The play was reviewed by the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety on Sunday and they have decided to fine Thornton $5,000 for his actions, the maximum amount allowed by the collective bargaining agreement.

This is the first time Thornton has been fined for slashing, but he is no stranger to using his stick, just ask Dave Bolland.  He was suspended back in November of 2010 for an illegal hit to the head of David Perron. 

Source: NHL
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