There have yet to be any eliminations in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but there have still been plenty of waterworks.
The fine stems from his actions at the end of the second period of Sunday’s game six against the Pittsburgh Penguins. After the horn had sounded, several players from both teams became involved in a scrum in front of the Rangers net.; a scrum that began when Penguins captain Sidney Crosby speared Rangers forward Dominic Moore. While Crosby was involved in the fracas, Lundqvist casually skated by and squirted the superstar with his water bottle.
No penalty was assessed to Lundqvist on the play. The Swedish netminder was also the only player to receive supplemental discipline. The $5,000 fine was the largest amount allowed under the collective bargaining agreement without requiring a phone hearing.
This was not the only water-squirting-related incident of this round, however. On Sunday, Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was fined for squirting Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban as he skated by the Boston bench during Saturday’s contest. On May 5th, Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry was also seen squirting water into Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter’s glove, but was not disciplined for the incident.
The Rangers and Penguins square off Tuesday night in an all-decisive game seven. The puck is set to drop at 7p.m. ET.