Jamie Benn will be forced to answer for a cross-checking incident against the Edmonton Oilers Thursday night.

The Dallas Stars forward will have a fine hearing with the NHL on Saturday, stemming from a late-game infraction involving Edmonton's Ryan Jones.

The incident occurred with four minutes left in the third period of the Oilers' 5-1 win, when Benn levelled Jones with a cross-check from behind, sending the Edmonton winger to the ice and in visible pain.

A little while earlier, Jones had gotten tangled up with Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen in the netminder's crease. Benn left the bench and delivered the blindside cross-check not long after.

He received a major penalty and a game misconduct for the infraction.

According to terms of the collective bargaining agreement, any fine that might exceed $5,000 US must have a hearing.

Benn has six goals and eight assists in 16 games so far this year.


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