After it was believed that the end of Game 6 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers wouldn't result in any fines or suspensions, the NHL has decided late Monday that Henrik Lundqvist would be the one who would pay. Literally.
The Rangers netminder has been fined by the league $5,000 for "unsportsmanlike conduct," which was him squirting Sidney Crosby with water as he skated off the ice during a scrum:
Fines are calculated based on a player's daily salary, which is why Shawn Thornton's wallet is $2820.52 lighter compared to the $5,000 leaving Lundqvist's.
The thought behind Lundqvist getting off scot-free was because it did not happen during play, like Thornton's squirt of P.K. Subban. But if you're going to fine a player for doing it from the bench to an opponent on the ice, I guess you have to do the same if the squirtee is falling to the ice during a scrum.
We're just about a month into the postseason and some of the bigger stories have been about spearing another dude in the junk and squirting water at an opponent. Now that fines have been handed out, we can all rest assured that we're finished with the knucklehead behavior.
OK, we're not holding our breath.
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