by Jon Jordan on 05/26/11 at 03:37 PM ET
An electric scene at the St. Pete Times Forum got a little ugly beyond the final horn sounded to wrap up Tampa Bay’s 5-4 Game 6 win on Wednesday, as a large portion of the home crowd chose to toss the giveaway rally drums to the ice as their method of celebrating the victory. That’s never a good idea, sports fans, and certainly not when the tossed item is made with hard plastic and chucked from hundreds of feet away.
But you know what’s an even worse idea? A visiting player deciding to engage a fan on his way off the ice, as it appears an unidentifiable Bruin does in this clip circulating on YouTube. (Credit my former colleague on The Bolts Beat, Mike Corcoran for the find.)
I can’t really tell who the player in question is myself but someone out there probably knows.
Momentary lapse in judgment? Sure. And let’s not forget the asinine move on the part of the fans who threw their “rally drums”. But players simply have to be more in control, especially these days when the public eye (and the camera in front of it, quite often) is so finely tuned to their every move.
UPDATE: More from Mike and his take on the incident.
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