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.
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:
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.
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