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Keefe, Granato fined $25K each for 'unprofessional conduct'

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The NHL has fined Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe and Buffalo Sabres head coach Don Granato $25,000 each "for unprofessional conduct directed at the officials," it was announced Thursday.

Both incidents occurred during the team's respective games on Tuesday night.

Keefe was assessed a game misconduct with 2:14 remaining in the third period of Tuesday's loss to the Vegas Golden Knights after arguing with referee Garrett Rank and was forced to leave the bench.

He said Thursday after the fine was issued that he would learn from the situation. 

“There is a fine line between being the voice for the players at different times. And to try to be the voice so that they don’t have to be, they can focus on playing.

"My job is to be focused on the right thing. The players’ jobs are to be focused on the right things. So, I’ll be better in that area. It’s a chance for me to reflect and grow from it."

Granato received a bench minor in the third period of Tuesday's game the Florida Panthers, yelling at officials after Zach Benson was whistled for a tripping penalty on Florida's Niko Mikkola

Florida would go on to score on the ensuing power play, making it a 3-1 game. The Panthers eventually held on and won 3-2.