MONTREAL -- The NHL fined the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers an additional $11,400 Tuesday for two brawls and a spitting incident in a game Feb. 10 between the Patrick Division rivals.
Each team was fined $5,000 and Flyers Coach Paul Holmgren was fined $1,000 for his tirade -- he banged a stick against the plexiglass that separates the team benches and got in a shouting match with Capital Alan May.
Also, Capitals defenseman Mikhail Tatarinov, who got a gross misconduct in the game for spitting at Flyers netminder Ron Hextall, had his automatic $100 fine increased to $500.
Previously, $1,450 in fines had been assessed as a result of the third-period brawls in the game that featured 20 fighting penalties, six game misconducts, one gross misconduct and 294 penalty minutes split evenly between the clubs.The penalty-minute total set a record for two teams at the Capital Centre.
'The league has made a major effort to eliminate brawling from our game,' O'Neill said in a statement. 'This type of conduct is unacceptable.'
O'Neill, the league's disciplinarian, said the teams were fined because 'the ultimate responsibility for the control of players and other personnel is that of the club.'
Last month, the league gave Capitals center Dale Hunter a four-game suspension for what O'Neill termed a 'vicious' elbow planted on the face of Flyers defenseman Gord Murphy.
Hunter, the only player in the game who was suspended, sat out his third game of that punishment Tuesday night when the Capitals played host to the Los Angeles Kings.
While conducting his investigation, O'Neill met with players and coaches of both teams and encouraged the teams to avoid retaliatory action the next time they meet, March 16 in Landover, Md.