Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jordan Staal will not be suspended for boarding Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn during today's 6-4 victory over the in-state rivals. Instead, the league has elected to fine Staal $2,500, the maximum amount allowed under the current CBA.
The incident occurred at 9:56 of the second period -- Staal hit Coburn from behind, sending him into the boards headfirst. Staal received a minor penalty for boarding on the play.
The lax punishment is likely due to Staal's lack of a prior record.
With today's win, the Penguins tied the Flyers for fourth place in the Eastern Confererence with 71 points.