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Coyotes’ Michael Kesselring fined for cross-checking vs. Lightning

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Arizona Coyotes defenseman Michael Kesselring has been issued a punishment for an incident against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan 25.

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The NHL Department of Player Safety fined Kesselring $2,408.85 for cross-checking Lightning defenseman Maxwell Crozier.

Just before the situation happened, Logan Cooley cut from behind Tampa’s net, spun and gifted Lawson Crouse with an assist for a one-timer. Crouse scored the Coyotes’ third goal of the night, but lost 6-3 to Tampa on Thursday night.

Immediately after, Kesselring pushed and shoved Crozier down to the ice before a massive pile up of everyone playing that shift minus goaltenders Connor Ingram and Andrei Vasilevskiy.

As a result, Kesselring has been fined the maximum amount for crosschecking under the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). This total will go towards the NHL’s Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

For the Coyotes this season, he has played 30 games, scored four goals and has seven assists for 11 points. Defensively, Kesselring has amassed 37 hits and 18 blocks.

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Alec Cipollini is a reporter of the Arizona Coyotes and Cardinals for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account @AlecCipollini

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