Zack MacEwen Fined for Unsportmanlike Conduct: Senators Update

Ottawa Senators forward Zack MacEwen was fined $2,018.23 for unsportsmanlike conduct during a game against the Florida Panthers, which saw a total of 167 penalty minutes handed out and 13 misconducts dealt, including one instance where every player on the ice was penalized.

‣ The NHL Department of Player Safety fined Senators forward Zack MacEwen $2,018.23 for unsportsmanlike conduct during a game against the Florida Panthers.
‣ MacEwen was initially given a five-minute major and a match penalty for a check to the head, in response to Matthew Tkachuk hitting Travis Hamonic.
‣ The game resulted in a total of 167 penalty minutes, with 13 power plays and 13 misconducts. This is the most penalty minutes in a single game since last April, when the Panthers and Senators combined for 168 penalty minutes.

Monday night’s game between the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators was quite the spectacle. The aftermath of the chaotic encounter is now beginning to unfold.

On Tuesday, the NHL Department of Player Safety made an announcement. Senators forward Zack MacEwen got slapped with a $2,018.23 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct.

This fine, by the way, is the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement. MacEwen, who’s 27, was initially given a five-minute major and a match penalty. This was for a check to the head during Ottawa’s 5-0 defeat to the Panthers.

The incident? It happened after Matthew Tkachuk hit Travis Hamonic early in the third period. There was some bad blood between Tkachuk and Hamonic from earlier. They’d had a brief scuffle as the second period ended, both getting minor unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

It seemed like that was still on MacEwen’s mind when he went after Tkachuk. Remember, MacEwen was suspended in 2021 for kneeing Darnell Nurse of the Edmonton Oilers. He was playing for the Vancouver Canucks then and had to sit out one game because of that.

The game on Monday was a penalty fest. Both Brady and Matthew Tkachuk were in the thick of it. In total, there were 167 minutes in penalties, with 13 power plays between the teams.

There were also 13 misconducts. At one point, everyone on the ice was penalized in some way. Brady Tkachuk led the Sens with 16 penalty minutes, while Jonah Gadjovich and Sam Bennett each had 12 for the Panthers.

This game had the most penalty minutes since last April. Guess who was playing then? Yep, the Panthers and Senators. They racked up 168 penalty minutes that night, with Florida thrashing Ottawa, 7-2.

Currently, the Senators are at the bottom of the Atlantic Division with 16 points. They’re seven points shy of a playoff spot. The Panthers, on the other hand, are second in the division, trailing the Boston Bruins by four points.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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