David Legwand, James Neal fined $5K for separate sticks and stones incidents

DETROIT, MI - MARCH 20: David Legwand #17 is escorted off the ice by linesman Greg Devorski #43 after receiving a five minute major and a ten minute game misconduct for butt-ending Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period of the game at Joe Louis Arena on March 20, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Red Wings defeated the Penguins 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Things got delightfully chippy between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins in Thursday night’s OT win for the Wings, and now two players are paying the price.

The NHL announced that David Legwand and James Neal have been fined $5,000 apiece for separate incidents in the game, both involving their sticks.

Legwand was fined for this butt-ending of Evgeni Malkin at 16:14 of the third period, as game-long battles between the two finally resulted in Legwand jabbing Malkin right in the Putins:

Legwand was also given a major penalty and a game misconduct.

Neal, meanwhile, was fined $5,000 for cross-checking Luke Glendening in the head at 5:19 of the second period.

Neal was given a minor penalty.

These fines are the first bit of supplemental discipline from the NHL since March 11, when Blake Comeau was suspended two games for boarding Brendan Smith. Since Jan. 1, we’ve only had nine suspensions and seven fines, taking into account that the NHL was in hiatus during the Sochi Games.