Neither Boston's Nathan Horton nor the Lightning will face league discipline for Game 6 incident
An incident after the Tampa Bay Lightning's 5-4 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final likely will not cause Bruins forward Nathan Horton nor the Lightning to be disciplined, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an e-mail to the St. Petersburg Times.
"Based on what I know now, I don't expect any action of any kind," Daly wrote Thursday.
After the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Bruins to send the series to a deciding Game 7, some very foolish Lightning fans started throwing their rally drums onto the ice. Why anyone thought that was a good idea we'll never know. Worse, one of the rally drums hit Bruins player David Krejci in the head as he waited at the gate to the bench to get off the ice after the game.
After that, it seemed Horton (though the images on the video are not very clear, Daly did not say it was not Horton) sprayed some fans near the Boston bench with water from a water bottle and then flung the bottle into the stands.
Neither Krejci nor Bruins coach Claude Julien brought it up at the Bruins' media availability on Thursday.
It would seem it would be difficult to fine the Lightning for the actions of its over-exuberant fans, and while Horton has to keep his cool there, the incident doesn't happen if Lightning fans kept their cool, too.