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by Paul on 12/03/05 at 01:02 PM ET
Zdeno Chara's fight on Friday with Tim Gleason of the Los Angeles Kings will cost the Senators' defenceman a suspension and his coach Bryan Murray a fine. Chara was given an instigating penalty for the fight, which took place with less than four minutes remaining. A new rule added in the off-season says a player who gets an instigating penalty in the final five minutes will get a one-game suspension and the coach of that player will get a $10,000 fine. The NHL has the freedom to go back and review the situation - like they did with Shane Doan and Wayne Gretzky last week - but Chara and Murray's case is considered by the league to be a textbook example of why the rule was put in place.If you look at the video in the post titled Sens battle Kings from earlier today, you will see Chara did challenge Gleason right from the face-off. update 12:24pm, via Sportsnet,
NHL sources told Sportsnet the automatic one-game suspension Ottawa's Zdeno Chara received for taking an instigator penalty with less than 5 minutes to play Friday night against the Kings stands, so Chara will sit out the Senators next game, while Ottawa coach Bryan Murray gets tagged with a $10,000 fine. It is the NHL's belief that Chara was clearly delivering a "payback" message when he manhandled Los Angeles forward Tim Gleason.
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