Red Wings' Abdelkader fined $5,000 for spearing Islander

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings takes a first period penalty for slashing Scott Mayfield #42 of the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on December 19, 2017. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader has been fined $5,000 by the NHL for spearing New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield in Tuesday night's game.

The league's department of player safety handed down the fine Wednesday.

The incident occurred in the first period of the Red Wings' 6-3 win over the Islanders. Abdelkader was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.

The fine is the highest allowed under NHL rules. The money is designated to go to the players' emergency assistance fund.