Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli revealed Saturday that forward Nathan Horton was fined by the league for squirting Tampa fans and then throwing a water bottle into the crowd following Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.
"You know that’s an unfortunate incident. I didn’t really focus on it and I didn’t talk to Nathan about it," Chiarelli said. "He has been fined, so that issue has been resolved."
While Chiarelli did not reveal how much Horton had to fork over, a source told WEEI.com Saturday that the fine was for $2,500, which is the same amount defenseman Andrew Ference paid after giving the middle finger to Montreal fans in Game 4 of the quarterfinals. There was no hearing with the league prior to the disciplinary action, suggesting the winger was not in any danger of being suspended, as Rangers coach John Tortorella was for hitting a fan with a bottle in 2009.
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Bruins assistant captain Mark Recchi made his decision to return for a 22nd season in the NHL last summer, electing to re-up with the B's after the team was eliminated in the second round by the Flyers. Now that his team is in the Stanley Cup finals, the two-time Cup winner said after Friday's Eastern Conference-clinching victory over the Lightning that this is what he had in mind when he decided to return.
"This is what I play for, to get this opportunity one more time, and probably my last time is pretty special," Recchi said. "WIth this group of guys, right from Day 1 in training camp we put a lot of belief in each other, a lot of trust, and a lot of working together. I'm going to end my career at some point and say this is one of the better groups I played with. I'm proud to play with them regardless of what happens."
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"This is a great moment," Thomas said. "There's no doubt about it. When's the last time Boston's been to the Stanley Cup finals? Twenty-one years. It's been a long time for Boston, it's been a long journey for me to get here. Now, you want to take advantage of this opportunity. There's more work to be done. Unfortunately, that's the way it is. You can't ever be too happy for too long until you're the last man standing.
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Nathan Horton scored with 7:33 left in the third period to snap a scoreless tie and send the Bruins to a 1-0 win over the Lightning in an electrifying Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. The win sends the Bruins to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 21 years and gives them a date with Vancouver Canucks starting next Wednesday in British Columbia. Tim Thomas stopped 24 shots for the Bruins, who are now four wins from their first Stanley Cup title since 1972.
The first period featured several scoring chances for the Bruins, including one by Milan Lucic on a breakaway with 4:51 left. But Dwayne Roloson stopped it and 14 other first period shots. Roloson had been 7-0 in playoff elimination games entering Friday's Game 7.
Horton missed the last seven minutes of the first after colliding with Blair Jones in the neutral zone. Horton returned to start the second. Then, the Lightning lost star forward Steven Stamkos when Johnny Boychuk'...
After they put up 14 runs in back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday, the Red Sox had a more modest output on Friday. Even so, the lineup's eruption for five runs in the third inning proved more than adequate to power the Sox to a 6-3 win, the club's fourth straight.
Jacoby Ellsbury (solo shot) and Carl Crawford (two-run blast) both clubbed homers in the inning, their fourth and sixth four-baggers (respectively) of the 2011 season. That run support proved more than adequate for Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox pitching staff.
Wakefield (2-1, 4.14 ERA) allowed just two runs in seven innings, permitting five hits and two walks while striking out six, en route to his second victory of the year and the 195th of his career. He struck out two batters.
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