Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen bought a minor penalty for tripping in the second period of the April 30 game against the San Jose Sharks via an incident involving Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro:
Mikko Rantanen fined $2000 for diving pic.twitter.com/f05XtUdueh— Ali Matthews (@AliMatthews34) May 6, 2021
After having some time to examine the situation, the NHL cited Rantanen for an act of embellishment, or diving. Since it's the second time this season the 24-year-old was flagged by NHL Hockey Operations for flopping, he received a $2,000 fine as supplementary discipline:
For those asking about Malkin and the diving, the NHL fines based on citations issued by Hockey Ops Dept. The scale: pic.twitter.com/TJcStXUrus— Seth Rorabaugh (@SethRorabaugh) December 21, 2014
Rantanen was first issued a warning for a dive he committed versus the Arizona Coyotes on March 23. All fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. A coach is fined only after players on his team collect a total of four fines for diving.
According to ESPN stats, Rantanen began Thursday third in the NHL with 29 goals this season.