Konopka fined for 'verbal abuse'

Ottawa Senators Chris Neil celebrates his game winning goal with teammates Jesse Winchester (L),...

Ottawa Senators Chris Neil celebrates his game winning goal with teammates Jesse Winchester (L), Erik Karlsson (2nd L), and Zenon Konopka (R) against the New York Rangers during overtime of Game 2 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York April 14, 2012.()REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

Bruce Garrioch, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 4:31 PM ET

Zenon Konopka and the Senators will have to dig deep.

The Senators centre was fined $2,500 and the organization received a stiff $10,000 fine for Konopka's conduct prior to Game 2 of the Eastern quarter-final Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

According to the news release issued by the NHL just minutes ago, Konopka "was fined for his verbal abuse directed at a New York Rangers player conducting a live television interview nearby during pre-game warm-ups."

Konopka's fine money will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Konopka was shown on Hockey Night in Canada chirping at Brian Boyle while he was doing an interview.

 


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