Thursday, May 26, 2011
No punishment for Nathan Horton
By James Murphy ESPNBoston.com
As the Boston Bruins skated off the ice following their 5-4 loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Tampa Bay Lightning fans at St. Pete's Forum peppered the ice and some Bruins with the hand-clapper instruments they were given by the Lightning for the game. Apparently the frustration over the loss and the fans' actions got to Bruins winger Nathan Horton, who sprayed a heckling fan and then threw his water bottle at the fan as he walked down the runway to the dressing room.
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While the NHL doesn't like to see such actions by players, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPNBoston.com late Thursday afternoon that "no action is being contemplated" by the league.
"There is no way to substantiate what may or may not have happened," Daly said.
Horton's agent also confirmed that no actions would be taken by the league in response to Horton's actions, which videos posted on YouTube appear to confirm.
"I haven't heard from them yet and usually even if there will be a fine, there needs to be a hearing scheduled with the player, the team, the league and me the agent and it's 5 p.m. now so nothing is going to happen," Paul Krepelka told ESPNBoston.com.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has not responded to an email regarding the situation.
James Murphy covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.