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Joel Quenneville fined $25,000 for gesture

Updated: May 20, 2014 6:14AM



ST. LOUIS — The NHL fined Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville $25,000 for grabbing his crotch while arguing for a penalty in the second overtime of the 4-3 Game 1 loss to the Blues on Thursday.

The league termed it “inappropriate conduct.”

Quenneville was upset that a delay-of-game penalty wasn’t called on the Blues, which would have given the Hawks a 5-on-3 power play. He apologized for the gesture Friday, before hearing from the league.

“Disappointed with the call, but I apologize for my behavior,” Quenneville said. “It wasn’t very appropriate at all. It was a bush-league move on my part.”

Quenneville often is animated on the bench, particularly when a call (or non-call) doesn’t go his way. Patrick Sharp said that intensity ­fuels the team.

“I saw the highlight of it, I was on the ice when it happened,” Sharp said. “But Joel’s a passionate coach and he’s intense on the bench. We certainly feel that as players. I think sometimes he wants to gets his skates on and play with us. He’s got the fire ­behind the bench that really filters through the team and makes us play that much ­better.”

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock held his tongue when asked about the gesture.

“Yes, I saw what Joel did — I’m not commenting on what Joel did,” Hitchcock said, laughing. “I saw it, but I’m not commenting. It would be inappropriate.”

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