Avs forward Mikko Rantanen fined by NHL for embellishment

              Colorado Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen, of Finland, celebrates his overtime goal in an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. The Avalanche won 4-3. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has fined Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen for embellishment .

Rantanen was docked $2,000 under the league’s program designed to discourage diving and embellishment. He was warned for a play on Oct. 16 at the New York Rangers. His second offense occurred late in the second period against Boston on Nov. 14, with Patrice Bergeron receiving a penalty for hooking and Rantanen for embellishment.

A third offense for Rantanen would result in a $3,000 fine.

Rantanen leads the league in scoring with eight goals and 24 assists this season.