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Chris Kunitz fined not suspended for hit on Washington Goalie

Just the usual slap on the wrist from the NHL.

Pittsburgh forward Chris Kunitz has been fined the maximum amount under the collective bargaining agreement, $2,500, for cross-checking Washington netminder Simeon Varlamov late in Game 2 on Monday night, has learned.

The fine comes in spite of calls from Washington star Alex Ovechkin for Kunitz to be suspended.

Reporters in Arlington — where the Capitals practiced before traveling to Pittsburgh Tuesday afternoon — heard an angry Ovechkin complain that the hit was a “cheap shot” and that Kunitz should be suspended.

“I think it’s dirty and I think the league has to do something about it,” Ovechkin was quoted as saying on the Washington Post Web site.

Washington coach Bruce Boudreau called the hit vicious. Here’s a You Tube video of what happened.

I think the crosscheck was uncalled for too. What is your opinion?

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