NHL Fines Panthers Forward Sam Bennett for Brutal Cross Check

Florida Panthers forward Sam Bennett is now $5000 lighter in his pocket book as the pesky forward was fined the maximum amount by the NHL for his vicious cross check to the side of the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Michael Bunting.

Bunting and Bennett were mixing it up all game and the two got tangled up in front of the net, resulting in Bunting eating some lumber. Bennett has turned into a enemy #1 in Toronto as he also took out rookie Matthew Knies behind the net earlier in the game, resulting in Knies leaving with a potential concussion. His status for Game 3 is up in the air at this point.

Leafs Nation is pissed off and they may have a case. Auston Matthews was suspended two games for cross-checking Rasmus Dahlin of the Buffalo Sabres in the side of the head, meanwhile Bennett only gets fined. The lack of consistency among the NHL and player safety this season has been a joke. Here's what all the fuss is about:

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