Malkin, Pageau fined for roles in game-ending scuffle

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Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau were both fined on Tuesday afternoon for their actions in a late-game scrum on Monday night.

Malkin was fined $5,000 for high-sticking while Pageau was hit with a $2,500 fine for roughing.

It all started when Malkin became tied up with Brady Tkachuk behind the play, with tensions quickly escalating. As the officials were trying to break it up, Pageau shoved Malkin as he started to skate away. Malkin responded by hitting Pageau up high with his stick.

The entire sequence can be seen in the video above.

Malkin is pretty fortunate to only be fined here. He was suspended for a high-sticking incident in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers just last season.

He also had to be held back by teammates and a Penguins’ equipment manager from going back on the ice to re-join the scrum after he had already left. Had he actually returned to the ice he could have been facing a lengthy suspension.

The Penguins won the game 5-2 but lost All-Star winger Jake Guentzel for the next four-to-six months.

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.