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Leafs’ Sheldon Keefe and Sabers’ Don Granato fined $25,000 for conduct toward officials

The NHL fined Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe and Buffalo Sabers head coach Don Granato $25,000 on Thursday for “unprofessional conduct toward the officials.”

The pair are the second and third coaches to be fined this season for conduct toward officials, joining Anaheim Ducks coach Greg Cronin in that distinction. He was fined in October.

Keefe and Granato both took issue with situations that occurred during their respective Tuesday games.

Granato took issue with Sabers forward Zach Benson being called for a tripping penalty on Florida Panthers defenseman Niko Mikkola in the 3-2 loss to Buffalo. The issue ultimately resulted in a bench minor in the third period.

The Panthers then used the ensuing 5-on-3 power play to score the winning goal.

β€œAt some point you have to stand up for your team,” Granato said, via ESPN. “As a coach you are put in that position. It’s a difficult position to be in. But you can’t just sit there and watch.”

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Keefe was more subdued when discussing his interactions with officials.

During the Maple Leafs’ 6-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights, Keefe came into contact with referee Garrett Rank. That ultimately led to Keefe being called a game misconduct with just 2:14 left in the game. Toronto came into the game on a seven-game winning streak.

β€œI’m not going there, not going there,” Keefe said when asked to discuss where this placed with other disputes he’s had with referees.

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