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Bruins D Grzelcyk fined $5K for spearing Capitals' Pacioretty

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Boston Bruins defenceman Matt Grzelcyk has been fined $5,000 for spearing Washington Capitals forward Max Pacioretty, NHL Player Safety announced on Sunday. 

The incident occurred during the first period of the Bruins' 3-0 loss to the Capitals on Saturday. 

Grzelcyk, 30, was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

The fine is the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

The Charlestown, Mass., native has two goals, five assists and a plus-six rating in 38 games this season.

In 420 career regular-season games, all with the Bruins, Grzelcyk has 25 goals and 106 helpers.