The New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 to tie their second-round series 3-3 and force a Game 7. But that was not the only big news from the game.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist took his water bottle from the net and decided to use it on Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.
This was the second water-bottle spraying incident in as many days and the third major one of the playoffs. First, Corey Perry of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks squirted water into the glove of Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings in the opening game of their series. Then, on Saturday, Boston’s Shawn Thornton sprayed Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban as he skated by the Bruins’ bench and exchanged words.
Unlike the Perry incident, the NHL fined Thornton. Fans online and elsewhere questioned whether the H2O attack upon Subban, who had endured ugly taunts on Twitter after scoring a game-winning goal earlier in the series, had racial motivations.
Are some water bottle squirts more equal than others? Stay tuned if the Thornton fine establishes a precedent for the NHL on such childish use of refreshment containers.