Did PK Subban mock blow a kiss to Shawn Thornton? (Video)

PK Subban Shawn ThorntonThere’s always bad blood between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, but one of the side stories in the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the teams had to do with PK Subban.

At first there were headlines over racist tweets sent by fans about Subban. That was nothing new considering you can find racist tweets pretty much anytime Subban plays so long as you seek them out. But in Game 5 on Saturday, Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton pressed Subban’s buttons by squirting him with a water bottle. He was fined for his actions, but you better believe Subban remembered it.

Fast forward to Wednesday after the Canadiens won two in a row to come back and win the series. In the handshake line between the teams, Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshinski thought he spotted Subban mockingly blow one of those “Sup, loverboy?” kisses to Thornton. A stick got in the way, but that’s what it looked like.

And if he didn’t blow a kiss to Thornton, there’s no denying that he planted one on Pierre McGuire:

Brad Marchand penalized for snowing goalie in Game 7 (Video)

The NHL officials meant business during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. Seconds into the second period, they penalized Bruins winger Brad Marchand for snowing Canadiens goalie Carey Price.

Brad Marchand snow goalie

The Bruins managed to kill the power play, but the real question is why the officials are calling that penalty in a Game 7? Claude Julien wants answers, people.

Henrik Lundqvist squirts Sidney Crosby in face with water bottle (GIF)

Henrik-Lundqvist-squirts-Sidney-CrosbyOn Sunday night, Sidney Crosby reminded us that hockey fans don’t hate him strictly because he is a great player. He also has a tendency to try and get away with cheap shots, and he’s often successful. During Game 6 against the New York Rangers, Crosby speared Dominic Moore in the nuts.

The incident occurred toward the end of the second period when Crosby and Moore got tangled up near the net. Moore appeared to grab Crosby’s stick, and Crosby reacted by jerking the stick upward (too vivid?) between Moore’s legs. A scrum then broke out when Moore tried to confront Crosby. As Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was skating off the ice, he squirted Crosby in the face with his water bottle.

Spearing a player below the belt typically results in a fine from the NHL. So does squirting an opponent with water, as we learned over the weekend when Shawn Thornton did it to PK Subban. Crosby and Lundqvist will likely both be fined, but the spear isn’t the only play the NHL will have to look at involving Crosby.

Crosby’s not going to be suspended for Game 7 at home, but it will look really bad if the league doesn’t do anything. You could easily argue that the slew foot on Dan Girardi was worse than the low blow on Moore.

GIFs via The Pensblog, @PeteBlackburn, @myregularface

Shawn Thornton fined for squirting water on PK Subban

Shawn-Thornton-squirtBoston Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton was fined $2,820.52 by the NHL on Sunday for doing something during Saturday night’s win over the Montreal Canadiens that all of our coaches and parents had to remind us not to do during youth sports — play with the water bottles. With less than a minute remaining in Game 5, Thornton squirted PK Subban with water.

“I obviously got caught up in the moment,” Thornton said, via ESPNBoston.com. “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.”

Thornton didn’t seem sorry right after the squirt.

Bruins coach Claude Julien, who declined to comment on the incident after Saturday’s game, said on Sunday that he “can’t support” what Thornton did and that the enforcer will have to own up to it. Subban said that the squirting incident affected his ability to be able to see during the last minute-plus of the game.

“With Thorty, I don’t know if it was him, but someone had squirted water twice at the end of the game in my visor and I couldn’t even see for a minute and a half,” Subban said. “I was pretty upset about that, but that is part of the game.”

Now, children, let’s all play nice.

GIFs via @MyRegularFace

Jaromir Jagr has agreement to return to Devils

Jaromir-Jagr-DevilsJaromir Jagr turned 42 in February. If he was your average professional athlete, his career would have been long over right now. We all know he is not, which is why Jagr still managed to have an extremely productive season with the New Jersey Devils this year, scoring 24 goals and notching 43 assists. Why wouldn’t they want him back?

On Tuesday, Jagr told iSport that he has a verbal agreement in place with the Devils and will return to New Jersey next season. His agent Petr Svoboda later confirmed the news.

“Absolutely. The deal is very very close but it’s not finalized yet,” Svoboda told Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger. “Lou (Lamoriello) will let you know as soon as it’s complete.”

The Devils missed the playoffs by two points this season, finishing with the 9th-best record in the Eastern Conference. Jagr enjoyed playing for coach Peter DeBoer and told iSport that he “understands hockey” and has the ability to take the Devils even further next season.

Assuming he does come back, the 2014-2015 season will be Jagr’s 21st. He has over 700 goals and 1,000 assists in his Hall of Fame career. He also played in all 82 games for the Devils this season. Don’t be surprised if Jagr sticks around for another two or three years.

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Little kid has awesome reaction when Jordan Tootoo gives him his stick (Video)

Jordin-Tootoo-gives-kid-stickJordin Tootoo is currently playing for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and is hoping to make his way back to the NHL, but that doesn’t make him any less of a superstar to his biggest fan. Tootoo was skating off the ice earlier this week after pregame warmups when he came across a young fan who was looking for a high-five. He treated him to a lot more.

When Tootoo heard the kid yell his name, he stopped to say hello. He then gave him his stick and said “it’s all yours.” The kid could not have been more excited.

Tootoo spent eight seasons with the Nashville Predators before playing sparingly with the Detroit Red Wings over the past two. Why is the youngster such a fan? He must have have seen that bad ass video of the right winger when his nose wouldn’t stop bleeding during an interview.

Video via Reddit/NHL

Flyers fan flips Daniel Carcillo in-your-face double bird after goal (Video)

The Philadelphia Flyers lost badly at home in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series with the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, and that obviously didn’t sit well with the fans.

One frustrated Flyers fan was so upset when the Rangers scored to make it 4-1 in the third, that he gave a highly confrontational, aggressive, humorous, in-your-face double bird straight to Daniel Carcillo’s face.

Uncensored version below:

Carcillo celebrates his goal with Flyers fans  on Twitpic

Keep in mind that Carcillo only scored four goals during the regular season, and you’ll understand why Flyers fans were extra ticked. You have to love him playing along, too, chirping right back at the fan.

Flyers fan Daniel Carcillo

Ah, playoff hockey.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s Big Buzz