After losing Game 5 in Boston, P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens tried his best to contain the controversy over the Bruins’ Shawn Thornton spraying a water bottle at him during play.
“I don’t expect it to be a story. Whatever it takes to win,” he said.
But it was a story. Subban was caught on video lividly talking to the referee about the incident, and three of the first four questions he received in his postgame interview were about it. So the NHL acted as it does whenever unsportsmanlike conduct overshadows the game, and fined Thornton on Sunday for his actions.
From the NHL:
Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has been fined $2820.52, the maximum permitted under the CBA, for unsportsmanlike conduct during Game 5 of the teams’ Second Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series in Boston on Saturday, May 10, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 19:13 of the third period. No penalty was assessed on the play. The fine money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Thornton didn’t speak to the media after Game 5 on Saturday night, despite his team’s 4-2 victory. He briefly addressed the incident and the fine on Sunday at practice (via Dan Cagen):
"I obviously got caught up in the moment. I'll pay the fine and move on … Sorry for the silly incident. Kind of overshadowed how my teammates played and the great win and how great this series has been," he said.
Coach Claude Julien didn’t support Thornton’s actions, once again playing “bad cop” on the misbehavior of his players.
"As a coach, you always want to support your players, but there's certain things you can't support. I don't think I can support Shawn on those actions. I don't think we like seeing our players do that,” he said.
Thus ends "Watergate" for the Bruins and Habs. Obviously this will be the last controversial thing that happens between these teams this series. Uh-huh ...