Stars Forward Benn Fined $10K for Cross-Checking

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    UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 15: Jamie Benn #14 of the Dallas Stars skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 15, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jamie Benn

    The NHL has fined Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn $10,000 for cross-checking Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Jones from behind in a game on Thursday night.

    With about four minutes left to play in the Oilers' 5-1 win, Benn skated up to Jones from behind and cross-checked him in the upper back.

    Jones, who was heading to the penalty box for goaltender interference, dropped to the ice and stayed down for about two minutes before heading to the locker room.

    It was a first-time offense for Benn, who was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct for the cheap shot. The fine was the maximum for a first offender.