Lightning forwards Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn and Rangers forward Kevin Hayes were fined $5,000 each by the league Friday for unsportsmanlike conduct in an altercation spurred by Hayes in the third period of the Rangers’ overtime win at Amalie Arena.
Hayes sprayed Killorn with water from the Rangers’ bench before a neutral-zone faceoff near the bench 3:01 into the third Thursday. Killorn reacted by jabbing Hayes with his stick a few times. Stamkos got involved after Killorn was given a slashing minor by spraying water in the direction of the Rangers’ bench. He hit Rangers TV analyst John Giannone, who was stationed inside the glass.
The exchange also sparked a fight between the Lightning’s J.T. Brown and the Rangers’ Steve Kampfer.
The $5,000 fine is the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement. All the money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.