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Marchand, Cousins each fined $2,000 for embellishment

March 9, 2018

Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) flicks a backhand shot over Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) for the game-winning goal during the overtime period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Marchand notched a hat trick in the Bruins' 6-5 win. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has fined Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand and Arizona Coyotes forward Nick Cousins for embellishment.

Each player was docked $2,000 under the league’s program designed to discourage diving and embellishment. A player is first warned and then is fined $2,000 for a second violation in a season.

Marchand, who leads the Bruins with 67 points, was warned for an incident Nov. 29 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and fined for embellishing a trip by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta on March 1. He was penalized for embellishment against Pittsburgh.

Cousins was warned for an incident Jan. 4 against the Nashville Predators. He was fined after embellishing on interference whistled against Minnesota Wild defenseman Nick Seeler on March 1.

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