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Ryan Bayda fined, not suspended

Late in Thursday’s 7-4 loss to the Penguins, Carolina’s Ryan Bayda delivered a cross-check to the face of Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang.  The check sparked a mini-brawl that resulted in a total of 42 penalty minutes being assessed.  Bayda was given a match penalty, which comes with an automatic one-game suspension pending review. 

On Friday, the league reviewed the incident and decided to rescind the suspension.  Instead, they fined Bayda $2500, which is the maximum player fine allowable under the new CBA.

This is the second time this postseason that a Carolina player has had an “automatic” suspension rescinded.  Scott Walker had a suspension rescinded prior to game six of the CAR/BOS series.  Walker eventually scored the series-winning goal in game seven.  Will Bayda duplicate the feat?

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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science.  He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows.  Sometimes, all in the same day. 

David has contributed to CBC.ca for their Stanley Cup playoff coverage in 2006 and to the New York Times Slapshot blog for theirs in 2008. Red and Black Hockey was founded in July of 2005.