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Jets' Perfetti: Hartman admitted high-stick was deliberate retaliation

Ryan Hartman and Cole Perfetti Ryan Hartman and Cole Perfetti - The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Jets forward Cole Perfetti said Tuesday that Minnesota Wild winger Ryan Hartman admitted to deliberately high-sticking him during Sunday's game between the two teams. 

Hartman was not penalized in Sunday's 3-2 win for the Jets but was fined $4,427.08, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for high-sticking Perfetti on Tuesday.

The incident happened when Hartman and Perfetti lined up for faceoff. Hartman's stick came up and hit Perfetti in the face.

Perfetti told members of the media Tuesday that Hartman told him the play was in retaliation for uncalled cross-checks by Jets blueliner Brendon Dillon that injured Kirill Kaprizov when the two teams played one night earlier.  He added that audio of the admission was recorded since he was wearing a microphone for the game.

"He said it in kind of a respectful way. No disrespect, nothing against you, it had to happen for what happened to Kaprizov there," said Perfetti, who required stitches from the high-stick. ""Kind of a weird thing to come out and admit it. He blatantly said it was for what happened (Saturday), even though I didn’t even do anything in the play. I had nothing to do with it."

"We caught it all, we caught the whole convo," he added. "I was mic'd up, so I don't know if he realized that or not, I mean they're supposed to get notified but to come out and blatantly say it to the mic, it worked out in our favour."

Bowness: Jets found out post-game

When asked about the details revealed by Perfetti Tuesday, Jets head coach Rick Bowness said his team only found out about Hartman's comments post-game.

Bowness said the incident would have been dealt with differently had the team been aware of it during Sunday's game. 

Hartman was suspended two games earlier in the season for tripping Detroit Red Wings forward Alex DeBrincat. The 29-year-old has 11 goals and 17 points in 30 games with Minnesota this season, his fifth with the team. 

Perfetti, who had one assist Sunday against the Wild, has 10 goals and 23 points in 35 games this season.

The two teams are next scheduled to meet on Feb. 20, when the Jets host the Wild.