The NHL fined New York Rangers goalie $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct when he sprayed Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. He is the second player to be fined for the action.
It was Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry who started this trend. He found Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter’s glove unattended and filled it with water. However, the NHL did not fine him.
They did fine Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton $2,820.52 for squirting water at Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban twice in one game. The NHL said that was the maximum fine for the conduct. Subban had earlier endured racist tweets after scoring a game-winning goal in the Bruins-Canadiens series. Last night, fans at the Bell Centre in Montreal pelted Bruin Milan Lucic with trash following Montreal’s thrashing of Boston. The teams travel to Boston for Game 7 on Wednesday night of their Original Six playoff series.
So why is Lundqvist’s fine so much more? Well, now the NHL says “the fine is based on their daily salary during the season.”
Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins is Tuesday night. Every game in the Stanley Cup playoffs is intense and considering the Penguins had a 3-1 series lead there is no telling what will happen tonight. Lundqvist did not admit any wrongdoing. “I always squirt it when I go off the ice,” Lundqvist told reporters, per Sportsnet. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”