The Boston Bruins will skate away unscathed from a water-spraying incident involving a Tampa Bay Lighting fan after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final.
A grainy video surfaced Thursday showing what looks to be Bruins forward Nathan Horton spraying a spectator behind the Boston bench with a water bottle and then tossing the bottle at the fan.
The video then shows a security person arguing with the fan before finally taking the water bottle and tossing it down close to the Bruins bench.
It was a wild scene after Boston lost 5-4 on the road in Game 6, as the Lightning fans pelted the Bruins and covered the ice with plastic noisemakers that had been handed out for the game. (Yup, that's always a good idea: Give drunk people something to throw.)
Horton was coming off the ice after being involved in an altercation with Tampa's Nate Thompson.
The NHL looks dimly on such interaction between players and fans -- New York Rangers coach John Tortorella was suspended for one game in a similar incident in the playoffs in 2009 -- which led to speculation Horton could be suspended for Game 7 Friday between the Bruins and Bolts at TD Garden.
But in an e-mail to QMI Agency, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote: "There is no supplemental discipline forthcoming."
One league source said there was not enough definitive evidence to rule on the situation. Horton gets the benefit of the doubt.
Tortorella was suspended when he got involved with Washington Capitals fans behind the Rangers bench, squirting them with water and then tossing the bottle over the glass.
At the time of the Tortorella suspension, NHL senior vice-president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said: "It has been made clear to all our coaches, players and other bench personnel that the NHL cannot -- and will not -- tolerate any physical contact with fans."
Campbell would not be eligible to rule in this situation since his son, Gregory, plays for the Bruins.