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Ben Chiarot pays for a gesture of frustration

The National League Player Safety Service on Wednesday fined Florida Panthers defenseman Ben Chiarot $5,000 for an action in Game 1 of the series against the Tampa Bay Lightning the previous day.

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The former Montreal Canadiens color holder was sanctioned for hitting forward Ross Colton with his helmet. He was not punished by the referees on the sequence.

During this duel, a 4 to 1 victory for the “Bolts”, Chiarot maintained a differential of -1, distributed four checks and blocked as many shots. He also received a minor penalty for slashing Colton in the second period.

Chiarot was acquired from CH on March 16 in exchange for a first-round pick in 2023, a fourth-round selection in 2022 and striker Ty Smilanic.

In 20 regular season games with the Panthers, the Hamilton native had two goals and six assists for eight points. He has one assist in seven playoff games so far in 2022.

The second game of the second-round series between the Panthers and the Lightning is scheduled for Thursday.