WATCH: Sidney Crosby get a face full of water compliments of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist
TORONTO – Hockey players looking to harass opponents during the 2014 NHL Playoffs have apparently chosen the water bottle as their tool to antagonize.
Just as Boston Bruins winger Shawn Thorton was issued a fine after spraying Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban twice in the same game, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist also got in on the action against Pittsburgh Sunday night.
Just after the final whistle blew in the second period of Game 6 between the Rangers and Penguins, “King Henrik” skated past a scrum of players and casually sprayed his water bottle into the face of star forward Sidney Crosby.
Lundqvist could face sanctions from the NHL similar to the $2,820.52 fine — the maximum allowed under this collective bargaining agreement — issued to Thorton for his watery ambush on Subban.
The incidents have made their way to social media where the hashtags #watergate and #waterbottlegate were trending on Twitter.
The Bruins and Canadiens will face-off for Game 6 Monday with Boston leading the series 3-2, while the Rangers have come from behind to force a Game 7 against Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Below is more social media reaction to what’s being called the NHL’s “watergate.”
— JoMatts (@JMatts19) May 12, 2014
— Kerri.M. (@Karizzy76) May 12, 2014
This NHL water bottle squirting thing seems to be a bigger phenomenon than any of us realized. #WaterBottleGate
— Kayte A. (@CaliBlonde8) May 12, 2014
— Jack Farrell (@farrell_jack) May 12, 2014
A new term for what Henrik Lundqvist did to Sidney Crosby last night with his water bottle: A drive-by squirting. #NYR
— Charles Curtis (@charlescurtis82) May 12, 2014
— Lauren (@NHLhockeyfan90) May 12, 2014
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