The Ottawa Senators and forward Zenon Konopka have been fined by the NHL for "verbal abuse" directed at New York Rangers center Brian Boyle before the Senators' game against the Rangers on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
According to an NHL press release, Konopka was fined $2,500 "for his verbal abuse directed at a New York Rangers player conducting a live television interview nearby during pre-game warm-ups." Boyle was the player in question. Konopka's fine - the maximum allowable under the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement - will go the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. The Senators were fined $10,000 for the same incident. That money will go to the NHL Foundation.
Boyle was targeted by the Senators' on Saturday night after delivering several punches to the head of defenseman Erik Karlsson on Thursday night in the first game of the teams' Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Boyle was attacked against the glass by defenseman Matt Carkner - who was suspended one game - then drawn into a fight with Chris Neil.
The series between the top-seeded Rangers and the eighth-seeded Senators is tied at one game apiece. The third game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. ET start on Monday night at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.