Horton fined for spraying fan
CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency
|Bruins forward Nathan Horton skates during Game 5 of the NHL Eastern Conference final against the Lightning in Boston, Mass., May 23, 2011. (ADAM HUNGER/Reuters)
BOSTON - Nathan Horton’s proving to be a pretty good shot in these playoffs.
With a hockey stick, too.
The Boston Bruins winger bagged his second Game 7-winning goal this spring Friday night as the B’s eliminated the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0.
But as Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli revealed Saturday, Horton’s accuracy with a water bottle cost the winger some money.
Chiarelli said Horton was fined an undisclosed amount (believed to be the maximum $2,500 allowed under the NHL CBA) after he sprayed a Lightning fan with water and then threw a water bottle into the crowd in a wild post-game scene behind the Bruins bench after Game 6, won by the Bolts. Lightning fans were pelting the Bruins with “rally drums” (plastic, hand-held noise makers). One bounced off the head of Boston's Dave Krejci as the Bruins were leaving the ice. A grainy video taken by a fan and posted online shows what appears to be Horton spraying another fan.
If the fan that was doused gets his way, it will cost Horton even more.
According to reports out of Tampa, the fan retained a lawyer after it was revealed Horton would not face supplemental discipline because the fan was concerned about Horton getting away without any penalty. He asked for a written apology, a water bottle signed by Horton and a $5,000 donation to a charity for which the fan volunteers.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told QMI Agency there would be no supplemental discipline Thursday because of a lack of definitive evidence, but apparently more evidence did come to light, leading to the fine. Makes you wonder if the league was trying to cut off any legal action by fining Horton.
“You know, that’s an unfortunate incident. I didn’t really focus on it and I didn’t talk to Nathan about it. He has been fined,” said Chiarelli of the post-game incident. “So that issue has been resolved. So, no, I didn’t like (it). Those are the types of things that when they happen you get the call and then you deal with them.”
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella was suspended for one game in the 2009 playoffs when he sprayed a Washington Capitals fan behind the Rangers bench and tossed a water bottle over the glass.
There’s no doubt more than a few Lightning fans who are outraged that Horton wasn’t given the same sentence after seeing the Bruin score the winner (his third game-winning goal of the playoffs) Friday night.
No word on if the Lightning got their wrists slapped for handing out freebies drunken fans could use as projectiles.