Canes' Bayda fined for cross check

Mike Zeisberger, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 6:10 PM ET

PITTSBURGH - The Carolina Hurricanes' Ryan Bayda was fined $2,500 by the National Hockey League today, but avoided a suspension for his cross check to the Pittsburgh Penguins' Kris Letang during the third period of the Pens' 7-4 victory Thursday.

The incident in question occured late in the third period of Game 2 of this best-of-seven Eastern Conference final, which the Pens lead 2-0.

Bayda was slapped with a match penalty for his shot on Letang, a perceived attempted to injure which landed him an immediate suspension pending a review.

But after going over the evidence today, league disciplinarian Colin Campbell decided the foul was not as severe as first believed.

I saw everyone after the cross check, Letang said of the incident, several hours before Campbell had made his ruling. I just saw everyone coming at me. They were icing the puck. I was just going back to try to touch the puck. He got his stick up.

I know they are going to review it. Im not the one to judge.

Game 3 goes tomorrow night in Raleigh.