Late in regulation of Washington’s 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers,
tempers flared on both sides. In the final seconds of the game, Jeff Halpern took a faceoff and fell on the puck in an attempt to run out the clock.
Video replay of game shows that when Halpern was lying on the ice, Florida’s Kris Versteeg cross checked the Capitals’ center down further pushing his head and neck further downward. The NHL announced late Sunday night that it had fined Versteeg $2,500, the maximum allowed by the collective bargaining agreement, for the cross-check.
Halpern was no worse for the wear and went on to play against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.