BOSTON -- Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton did the crime, and he's now facing a fine.
Video showed the right wing spraying water at P.K. Subban’s visor from the Bruins bench during the third period of Boston’s Game 5 win over the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden. As a result, he was fined $2,820.52, the maximum allowable fine under the Collective Bargaining Agreement that’s based on the individual player’s salary level.
The NHL deemed it “unsportsmanlike conduct” on Sunday, which happens to be the kind of penalty for which Subban was looking in the waning moments of Montreal's loss.
"I obviously got caught up in the moment," Thornton said. "The fine . . . I'll pay the fine. I obviously agree with what the league does there. I'll pay the fine and move on. I'm sorry that the silly incident kind of overshadowed how my teammates played, and the great win, and how good this series has been. There are definitely more important things that we should be focusing on. I got caught up in the moment, and I probably shouldn't have done that. I'll move on and get ready for Game 6."
Claude Julien was asked about the fine during his media availability on Sunday’s day off the ice, and the B’s bench boss said his enforcer is going to have to “own up to" his actions.
“I finally got a chance to see. It happened late in the game, and I’m not going to comment on it when I hadn’t seen it,” said Julien. “But I’ve seen it and I’ve talked to Thorny. As a coach you always want to support your players, but there are certain things that you can’t support.
“I don’t think I can support Shawn on these actions. I don’t think we like seeing our players do that. Whether he got caught up in the game, or whatever . . . he’s got to own up to it. That’s all I’ve got to say about it.”
The Thornton fine may end the water play that we’ve seen during the playoffs, as Anaheim's Corey Perry got off scot-free for spraying water in the gloves of an LA Kings players earlier this week during the Ducks-Kings series.