The Flyers defenseman shoved Friedman from behind following Friedman’s empty-net goal at the end of Pittsburgh’s 7-3 win. Gostisbehere was given a minor for cross-checking on the play.
As the NHL Department of Player Safety’s video explains, the play was over once the puck went into the net. The distance the two were away from the boards and the lateness of the check made it an extremely dangerous decision. Friedman, who wouldn’t have been expecting contact, had a clear path towards the net and there was no way Gostisbehere or Nolan Patrick were going to prevent the goal from being scored.
Based on his average annual salary, Gostisbehere will forfeit $77,586.20 in pay, which will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.