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NHL fines Del Zotto, Kopecky for late-game fracas

Dec 31, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

The punishments are in for Florida winger Tomas Kopecky and New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto: No suspensions, but both have been fined $2,500.

The fines stem from a late-game fracas in New York’s 4-1 win Friday night. Here’s the video:

The incident drew the ire of Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen.

“Some guy cross-checks you in the back and then follows through. He [Del Zotto] deserves a good smash in the face,” Dineen told the Miami Herald. “He got what he deserved.”

Kopecky was assessed a match penalty on the play (Del Zotto got a high-sticking minor), so a few eyebrows were raised when Kopecky avoided suspension.

  1. kotteintheslot - Dec 31, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    So when a guy accidently hits a guy in the head it’s a suspension, but intentionally smashing a guys face in with a cheapshot is only a fine. Good work Shanny

  2. kotteintheslot - Dec 31, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    So accidentally giving a headshot when you are going full speed is a suspension, but when intent is there to cheap shot someone in the face it’s a fine. Good work shanny.

  3. rarelyshaves - Dec 31, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    stop posting bro

  4. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Jan 1, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    HAHAHA. Kopecky with a high school cheap shot… what a pussy!

    I don’t like either team or care for either player involved but I am laughing pretty hard at this. Kopecky has been labeled a HUGE puss in my book! Sucker punching anyone for any reason is the biggest act a coward can make. Fight with honor or don’t fight at all. You got crossed checked sister, it happens

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