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Wallets thrashed: Kovalchuk, Exelby fined $2,500

TORONTO -- The NHL fined Atlanta Thrashers teammates Ilya Kovalchuk and Garnet Exelby $2,500 each Wednesday for separate
incidents in a loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Exelby knocked Tyler Arnason out of the game with a hard
head-high hit that left the Senators' center dazed midway through
the second period of Atlanta's 6-4 loss at Ottawa on Monday night.

Kovalchuk slashed Senators winger Chris Neil across the right
forearm after Neil lifted his stick before the ensuing faceoff.
Kovalchuk received a two-minute penalty, though Neil said Tuesday
he believed Kovalchuk should be suspended.

"I'd definitely be disciplined if the roles were changed
around," Neil said in Ottawa. "I'd have got a five-game
suspension."