Wild’s Ryan Hartman fined $4,250 for hand gesture

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Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman was fined $4,250 by the NHL on Wednesday for unsportsmanlike conduct during the team’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Hartman will be lighter on the wallet after pointing his middle finger at Oilers forward Evander Kane following an altercation at 9:15 of the third period in the Wild’s 5-1 win on Tuesday.

Although the fine is the maximum allowed under the league’s collective bargaining agreement, Hartman told reporters Tuesday that any fine resulting from his action was worth it.

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Hartman and Kane each received 10 minutes of misconduct and a roughing penalty for their actions in the third period. Kane also received a minor cross-check following his hit on Wild star Kirill Kaprizov, a move that caught the attention of the rest of the Minnesota players on the ice.

“He gave Kirill a shot from behind in a very vulnerable spot,” Hartman said of Kane. “It shows we had five guys in there. They didn’t have a guy in there to help her.

“I don’t think any of their guys will defend him.”

Hartman, 27, scored two goals on Tuesday to bring his season tally to 29, a career high this season. He also set personal bests for assists (27), points (56) and penalty minutes (81).

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