Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group Sharks center Chris Tierney (50) battles for the puck with Edmonton Oilers defenseman Matt Benning (83) alongside goaltender Cam Talbot (33) during Game 3 of the playoff series between the two teams Sunday.
EDMONTON, Alberta — The usually composed Chris Tierney didn’t stray out of character Thursday when asked about the NHL’s Department of Player Safety decision to fine Leon Draisaitl instead of suspending the Edmonton Oilers forward.
Wednesday, Draisaitl was fined $2,569.44, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for spearing Tierney in the second period of Game 4 in San Jose. For incident at the 13:44 mark, Draisaitl was given a five-minute spearing penalty and a game misconduct.
Draisaitl had his hearing with the player safety Wednesday.
“It’s up to league and the department of safety,” Tierney said after the Sharks held their morning skate at Rogers Place prior to Game 5. “They obviously did what they felt what was right and hopefully he doesn’t do that anymore.
“It’s a dangerous play. It’s something you don’t want in the game and you don’t want to see. Hopefully that’s the last time he does that.”
Draisaitl, participating in his first playoff series, lifted his stick into the groin of Tierney just after a group of players were fighting for the puck in the Oilers’ corner to the right of goalie Cam Talbot. Draisaitl skated away as Tierney crumpled to the ice.
“Obviously, it was a stupid play,” Draisaitl said. “That’s not who I am, that’s not me, that’s not how I want to be seen as a player. I think everyone knows that I’m the last guy that wants to hurt anyone out there, that wants to play that type of game.
“I know it was a bad play by me, so obviously, I’m happy with what I got.”
Asked if he think there will be any response by the Sharks toward Draisaitl on Thursday, Tierney said, “I think we just play our game. It’s playoff hockey. We’re focused on wins now not getting about somebody back or trying to look for revenge.”