Rangers' Kreider fined $5K for beating Eakin with his own helmet


Chris Kreider may have got revenge for his team-mate, but it's going to cost him big.

The New York Rangers forward has been fined $5,000 for ripping the helmet off Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin and beating him in the head with it during Tuesday's loss at Madison Square Garden.

The NHL Department of Player safety announced on Wednesday that Kreider received the maximum fine allowable under the CBA.

Eakin was suspended for five games in December for laying out Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist with a high and dirty blow.

Kreider was eager for retribution and checked Eakin at 1:52 of the second period Tuesday. During the fight, Kreider pulled Eakin's helmet off and struck him repeatedly with it.

Both players received a five-minute fighting major and Kreider dodged being ejected for using equipment as a weapon.