Kris Versteeg Fined $2,500 For Cross-Checking Jeff Halpern Friday

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 11: Kris Versteeg #32 of the Florida Panthers reaches for the puck against Mark Fayne #29 of the New Jersey Devils on February 11, 2012 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Kris Versteeg has been fined $2,500 by the NHL for cross-checking Jeff Halpern at the end of Friday's game between the Panthers and Caps.

Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg has been fined $2,500 by the NHL for cross-checking Washington Capitals forward Jeff Halpern in the waning moments of the Caps' 2-1 win Friday.

With about seven seconds left in the third period, Halpern lined up against Marcel Goc to take a faceoff. Halpern fell to the ice in attempt to cover the puck and run out the clock, but while he was down, Versteeg cross-checked Halpern in the back of the head, which can be seen below:

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No penalty was assessed on the play and Halpern was not injured; he played Saturday in the Caps' 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Versteeg has a prior history; he was suspended one game in December 2008 for his role in a fight with former Phoenix Coyotes forward Kyle Turris, now of the Ottawa Senators.

All player fines go towards the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

For more on the Panthers, please visit Litter Box Cats. For more on the Caps, please visit Japers' Rink.

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