Making noise at end?
Horton may have had bottled-up emotions
BEDFORD — Nathan Horton was not one of the Bruins made available to the media yesterday. He was last seen, apparently, in a fuzzy video taken at the St. Pete Times Forum at the end of Game 6 Wednesday night, squirting a water bottle at a fan as he exited the ice, then throwing the bottle into the crowd.
The incident happened moments after David Krejci was hit in the head with one of the plastic noisemakers distributed at the arena and redistributed onto the ice by fans after the game.
The video, however, is not high-quality, and identifying Horton is guesswork. The NHL announced no discipline and had no comment.
Empty hat When is a hat trick not magical? When it is scored during a loss. That was Krejci’s fate in Game 6, when the Bruins center collected three goals, tying him with Horton for a team-high 16 points in the playoffs, even as the Bruins lost to the Lightning, 5-4. It was the first game this postseason in which Krejci scored but the Bruins did not win.
Official words There has been a minor kerfuffle about the officiating, generated mostly by questions from reporters about the frequency of penalty calls by a particular referee (Eric Furlatt) against the Lightning.
After Game 5, Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said, “It’s 24-9 against, right? Yes, I’m aware of it. Very aware of it. Very, very aware of it. It has been a part of our discussions quite a few times in the last game, the last games we did have that particular ref. And it is lopsided.’’
Furlatt worked Game 6, and after the loss, Bruins coach Claude Julien said, “They scored three goals on the power play and it took us a long time to get our first one, and that certainly dictated the game. And what was more disappointing is probably the fact that I don’t know if I agree with those calls.
“And hopefully what was said today didn’t have any impact on that, because if it did, I’d be really disappointed. But you get an opportunity to look back at them, and really, really tough to swallow.’’
Zdeno Chara wasn’t having any of it. Yesterday, he said simply: “I don’t know what their coach said or what our coach said. The referees make calls and we can’t do anything about it.’’
Nobody better Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson has been getting a lot of well-deserved attention for his career record in elimination games: He’s 7-0 after Wednesday night. Glenn Resch, who spent most of his career with the Islanders and Devils, is the only other goalie in NHL history to win all of his first seven elimination games. Know which Bruin has had the most success in Game 7’s? Beleaguered defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who is 4-2. Mark Recchi is 5-4 and Andrew Ference is 3-4. Chara is 1-5. The Bruins are 10-10 in Game 7’s, dating to 1939. The Lightning are 3-0.
Ones to watch Tampa Bay’s top threat has not been purported “Bruin killer’’ Simon Gagne. Martin St. Louis (10-10—20) and Vincent Lecavalier (6-13—19) are second and third in the league in playoff scoring, after Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin (2-19—21). St. Louis has 11 points (four goals) on the power play, tops in the playoffs.