Subban (sort of) downplays Thornton's water spraying ways

P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens argues with referee Eric Furlatt after a third-period...

P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens argues with referee Eric Furlatt after a third-period altercation with Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins while on the bench during Game 5 at the TD Garden on May 10, 2014. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:22 PM ET

Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton -- the alleged perpetrator of Watergate at the end of Game 5 of the Atlantic Division final -- can expect his spraying of Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban to cost him some money.

Subban said he got sprayed twice in the face with water as he skated by the Bruins bench in the last 90 seconds of Boston's 4-2 win.

The 24-year-old was asked about tangling with big Bruins winger Milan Lucic and a conversation he had with Thornton, who could be seen laughing on the bench.

“With Thorty, I don’t know if it was him, but somebody had squirted water twice at the end of the game there, hit me in the visor, I couldn’t even see the last minute and a half there. I was pretty upset about that,” said Subban, who said a tactic like that is part of the game.


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But then he backtracked on the last bit.

“I don’t know if it’s part of the game. I’m sure if it that was me who did it, that would be a different story. It would probably be on the news for the next three days. Listen, whatever it takes to win, right?

“I don’t think you guys need to make a big deal out of it, I mean, but, it’s one of those irritating things when you’re down 4-2. Listen, they beat us, it’s not the reason why we lost today. It’s just one of those things that frustrates you even more towards the end of the game. I don’t want to take anything away from their team. They played well today. They executed.

“We got to be better. Now it’s do or die for us going back home. We played well in our barn all year and this playoffs. Now we have to execute.”

Thornton was not available after the game to give his version of the events.

It's expected the NHL Department of Player Safety will fine Thornton, possibly as much as the equivalent of half a day's pay.


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