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Dave Keon, right, shakes hands with Johnny Bower, left, as Frank Mahovlich looks on during a ceremony honouring the 1967 Stanley Cup Championship team prior to the Maple Leafs game against the Edmonton Oilers in Toronto, Saturday February 17, 2007. (CP PHOTO/Aaron Harris) CANADA

The NHL penalized Sheldon Keefe, head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Don Granato, head coach of the Buffalo Sabres, $25,000 on Thursday for “unprofessional conduct directed at officials.”

The two are the second and third coaches to earn fined for behavior toward officials this season, following Anaheim Ducks coach Greg Cronin. He received a fine in October.

Keefe and Granato both took exception to incidents that occurred during their respective Tuesday games.

Granato disagreed with Sabres winger Zach Benson’s tripping penalty on Florida Panthers defenseman Niko Mikkola in Buffalo’s 3-2 loss. The incident finally led to a third-period bench minor.

The Panthers subsequently scored the game-winning goal during the ensuing 5-on-3 power play.

“At some point, you need to stand.

“Stand up for your team,” Granato told ESPN. “You’re assigned to that job as a coach. It’s a difficult position to be in. But you can’t just sit and watch.”

Keefe was more reserved when speaking about his interactions with the officials.

During the Maple Leafs’ 6-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights, Keefe clashed with referee Garrett Rank. Keefe eventually received a game misconduct with only 2:14 remaining in the play. Toronto entered the contest with a seven-game winning streak.

“Not going there,” Keefe responded when asked where this fit in with prior conflicts he’s had with refs.

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