Joe Thornton's pockets are $5,000 lighter on Sunday, after the NHL fined the Sharks center the maximum allowable amount for slashing Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson in Saturday's loss to the Lightning.
Thornton slashed Johnson in the waning seconds of the second period, and Tampa Bay scored on the ensuing power play in the third to take a 2-1 lead. The Lightning won, 5-3.
This is the first time Thornton's faced discipline from the league since being suspended two games and fined nearly $80,000 for a hit on David Perron, then with the St. Louis Blues. Thornton's fine will go towards the players' emergency assistance fund, according to the Associated Press.