Nashville Predators center Craig Smith (15) battles for a loose puck in front of Buffalo Sabres goaltender Michal Neuvirth (34) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Buffalo, N.Y. Nashville won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gary Wieper
Gary Wiepert
February 25, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The NHL has fined Buffalo Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth $2,000 for diving and embellishment after drawing a penalty in a game against the Nashville Predators last weekend.

The disciplinary action announced on Wednesday was a second offense for Neuvirth. The first offense merited a warning, and occurred during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 15.

Fines increase with each instance up to $5,000 following a fifth offense.

The punishment came after the league's Hockey Operations Department reviewed an interference penalty called against Nashville's Mike Santorelli early in the second period of the Predators' 2-1 shootout win.

In a separate move, Buffalo returned rookie defenseman Jake McCabe to AHL Rochester. The Sabres had the day off, and host Vancouver on Thursday.

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