CALGARY, AB -- On Saturday, the NHL announced Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley had been fined $50,000 for "his responsibility for the incident that took place with 1:17 remaining in regulation of the first-round playoff game in Vancouver."
The fine was issued in accordance with By-Law 17.3 (a) for conduct prejudicial to or against the welfare of the League. The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.
While the Flames respect the decision the NHL made, they are standing behind Hartley and the team's actions in Game 2.
"They have a lot of experience in these situations, they have a supervisor that’s assigned to the series. In discussing the situation with the league, I fully respect the steps they’ve taken," Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. "With that being said, we 100 percent support the actions of our coach and players.
"I’m somewhat confused as to why our coach was fined based on the events of Friday night. In our view, the most dangerous incident of Friday night’s event were when two players were engaged with one of ours. Thankfully there was not injury there. We stand behind our coach and players 100 percent with the events of Friday night. As I said before, that incident is behind us, our focus is on tonight and we will move forward."
In addition, the NHL announced that the game misconduct penalty assessed to Calgary Flames defenceman Deryk Engelland for instigating a fight in the last five minutes of regulation has been rescinded.