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VIDEO: Boston Player Engages With Tampa Fan

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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It’s a Bruins player that came off the ice at the end of the game, a right hand shot, I think it was Nathan Horton who sprayed the fan with water.

Posted by AdamBruinsFan on 05/26/11 at 03:47 PM ET

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That’s the word going around from fans on Twitter.

Didn’t John Tortorella get suspended for the same thing a couple of years ago? Yikes. Bad move…

JJ

Posted by Jon Jordan from Tampa, FL on 05/26/11 at 03:50 PM ET

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bad move by the lightning on the giveaway…. i would not be opposed to some sort of financial penalty handed out to the lightning ownership on this one… I am in no way a boston fan, but to see players get hit in the face with these giveaway’s was nuts.  Of course the players are going to be pissed off about it… A player could very easily have got an eye injury.

Maybe Boston should hand out mini bricks or Chinese throwing stars for game 7.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 05/26/11 at 04:00 PM ET

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GTL: They’ve had the “rally drums” at every game in the playoffs. Last night, for some reason, it got out of control.

I hated seeing it and tweeted as much, in between yelling at fans from the press box (who couldn’t hear me anyway).

Still, players gotta realize these days that big brother’s always watching.

Sucks… But it’s true.

JJ

Posted by Jon Jordan from Tampa, FL on 05/26/11 at 04:17 PM ET

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Rooting for Tampa in this series, but if a squirt of water is all that a Boston player retaliated with after being pelted by a mob, then I think he’s already shown enough self-control.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 05/26/11 at 04:36 PM ET

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I agree, J.J., and when Tortorella was suspended for just that a few years back, I thought that was a joke. Maybe a fine, MAYBE. But I thought a suspension for a little water was just a little much.

But now, it appears as though Horton THROWS the water bottle at the fan AFTER spraying the water. And there, well, I can understand if he were to draw a one game suspension.

Regardless of how any of us feels about it, Nathan Horton HAS to be smarter than that, with a Game freakin’ 7 coming up. If he sits and Boston loses, ugh…

JJ

Posted by Jon Jordan from Tampa, FL on 05/26/11 at 04:45 PM ET

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Fortunately, we all know that Nathan Horton isn’t going to be suspended.

Or is that unfortunate?

Yeah, probably the 2nd one.

I had missed the bottle toss at first too.  that probably does change things for me.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 05/26/11 at 04:47 PM ET

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for some reason, it got out of control.

hmmm…. you think it just maybe had anything to do with all of the sucker punching going on at the buzzer? fans tend to not appreciate last second gooning against their team. there was a time the league was actually saying they weren’t going to stand for it either yet I think I’ve seen it in nearly every game in this playoffs.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 05/26/11 at 04:48 PM ET

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by the way, it was also Horton who was punching people in the face at the end of the game. that was supposed to be suspendible in and of itself. and he absolutely throws the bottle at the fan after the squirt.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 05/26/11 at 04:50 PM ET

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They will not suspend him but they should figure out something like carryover penelties. He was involved in the late game stuff early in the series when they got an ass kicking and was in this one after the horn - then this. What difference does it make to give a guy 2 mins with 4 sec left ?? maybe once but 3 issues gets kinda pushing it - no consequences IMHO. By the way he planned the whole thing, never drank from the bottle just grabbed it looking at the fan - it was intentional

By the way you have become my favorite blogger along with Ryan at Red Light District, I do also like the back and forth thing - very good stuff. It is quite refreshing and interesting to have 2 blogs going even if it wasn’t from the other town - maybe something with Ryan just comparing notes and opinions - very creative idea - kudo’s

Of course I’m in Tampa so like your stuff that much more LOL - maybe during the Finals I’ll catch up with you at Shots - we are going you know

Posted by Eggsuckindog on 05/27/11 at 02:07 AM ET

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