Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was fined $2,820 for unsportsmanlike conduct during Game 5 of Saturday night’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Montreal Canadiens, the NHL announced Sunday.
Thornton sprayed Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban with a water bottle while play was in progress at 19:13 of the third period. Subban had the puck and skated by the Bruins’ bench when Thornton sprayed Subban in the face.
No penalty was assessed on the play.
“I obviously got caught up in the moment,” Thornton said in a statement after the game. “I’ll pay the fine and 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, the great win and how good the series has been.
“I think that there’s definitely more important things that we could be focusing on. I got caught up in the moment and probably shouldn’t have done that. Move on and get ready for Game 6. Pay the fine and hopefully have a good showing.”
The fine is the maximum permitted under the CBA. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The Bruins took a 3-2 lead in the series and can eliminate the Canadiens on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Montreal.
Boston scored during two of its four power-play opportunities and won Game 5, 4-2 at TD Garden in Boston. The Bruins entered the contest scoreless in eight power-play chances during their first four playoff games against Montreal.
Carl Soderberg, Reilly Smith, Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson scored for the Bruins, who led 1-0 after 20 minutes and 3-1 entering the third. Soderberg also had two assists in the victory.
Boston goaltender Tuuka Rask entered the game with a 1.67 goals-against average during the 2014 postseason.
Boston broke things open by scoring two power-play goals in a 32-second span early in the second period. Smith made it a 2-0 game when the puck deflected off his skate and past Montreal goaltender Carey Price (30 saves) at 1:04, and Iginla increased the Bruins’ lead to 3-0 at 1:36. Both goals came with Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec in the penalty box with separate minor penalties.
It was the fourth goal of the playoffs for both Smith and Iginla.
Subban scored to make it a 4-2 game at 17:31 of the third. Subban leads all defenseman in playoff scoring with 12 points (four goals).
Brendan Gallagher scored a power-play goal for the Canadiens that sliced Boston’s lead to 3-1 at 14:39 of the second period. It was Montreal’s fifth power-play goal in the series, and came while Brad Marchand was in the box for holding. The Canadiens had four power-play chances in the loss.
Boston regained a three-goal lead when Eriksson capitalized on a rebound to make it 4-1 with 5:48 to play.
The Bruins collected the only goal in a first period that featured six power plays (three for each team). Soderberg scored from the left faceoff circle at 13:20. It was an even-strength goal, and his first career playoff goal. The assists went to Eriksson and Matt Bartkowski.