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Canadiens coach and GM fined

Jan. 9, 2003 at 7:26 PM

NEW YORK, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Montreal Canadiens Coach Michel Therrien said he thought his team was "robbed" in Tuesday night's loss to the New Jersey Devils. Now he and General Manager Andre Savard are paying the price.

The NHL on Thursday fined Therrien $25,000 and Savard $50,000 for their actions following the controversial 3-2 defeat.

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Security officials at the Continental Airlines Arena reportedly had to restrain Savard, who was trying to enter the officials' locker room.

The Canadiens had a first-period goal disallowed when referee Kerry Fraser ruled that Mike Ribeiro made contact with goaltender Martin Brodeur. They became incensed after referees did not call a penalty on New Jersey's Jeff Friesen for knocking down Montreal goaltender Jeff Hackett just before Joe Nieuwendyk scored the go-ahead goal with 10:11 left in regulation.

"First of all, we believe we got robbed. There's no doubt about that," Therrien said after the game.

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