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Saturday, May 28, 2011
Updated: May 29, 1:47 PM ET
Nathan Horton fined for spat with fan

By Joe McDonald
ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced on Saturday that forward Nathan Horton had been fined by the league for an incident that occurred following Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

"That's an unfortunate incident," Chiarelli said. "I didn't really focus on it and I didn't talk to Nathan about it. He has been fined. So that issue has been resolved. Those are the types of things that when they happen, you get the call and then you deal with them. To fret about them before they happen is a bit of a waste of energy."

As the Bruins skated off the ice following their 5-4 loss in Game 6, fans peppered the ice and some Bruins with the hand-clapper instruments they were given by the Tampa Bay Lightning for the game. Apparently, the frustration over the loss and the fans' actions got to Horton, who sprayed a heckling fan and then threw his water bottle at the fan as Horton walked down the runway to the dressing room.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly had told ESPNBoston.com late Thursday afternoon that "no action is being contemplated" by the league.

Horton, of course, became an instant celebrity in Boston with his game-winning goal in the Bruins' 1-0 win over the Lightning in Game 7 of the conference finals Friday night at TD Garden.

Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.