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New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen fined $5K for slashing Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal

New York Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan (46) competes for the puck with Phoenix Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, right, of the Czech Republic, in the third period of an NHL hockey game at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Islanders won Coyotes 6-1. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen was fined $5,000 Wednesday for slashing Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal.

The slash came well behind the play on Tuesday night. With a little over six minutes remaining in the third period and the Isles up 6-1, Nielsen and Hanzal were battling for a puck in the Coyotes' end.

Hanzal won the battle, but the puck was not cleared. However, as Hanzal turned to rejoin the play, Nielsen swung his stick and hit Hanzal's right leg.

Immediately after, Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker came over and started a small scuffle with Nielsen.

Boedker was assessed a minor penalty for roughing and Nielsen was given a minor of his own for slashing.

Hanzal was not injured on the play.

The $5,000 fine will go to the NHL Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

About the Author


Carter Nacke graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2010. He has been with KTAR since March 2011.

In addition to being a news junkie, Carter enjoys talking sports -- mainly soccer and hockey -- and covers the Arizona Coyotes for ArizonaSports.com.

He is an Arizona native and enjoys traveling.

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