T.J. Oshie has been fined $5,000 for cross checking Pittsburgh's Kris Letang—and the Caps winger is not at all happy about the punishment or the fact that it’s tough for players to distinguish a clean play from one that’s deemed questionable by the league.

“I was very surprised,” Oshie said after Saturday's practice in Arlington. “I looked at it; I got it sent to me. And it’s just…I guess I don’t see what the…I agree it’s a penalty, but I don’t look down and target.”

The fine is the maximum allowed under the CBA. It also marks the first time in Oshie’s 10-year NHL career that he’s received supplementary discipline from the league.

Oshie was notified of the fine via a text message from GM Brian MacLellan on Saturday morning.

Oshie said he was told the NHL’s issue with the play is that he appeared to target Letang’s head—a claim he disputes.