Report: Kings fan files police report against Crawford after alleged water-bottle spray


A Los Angeles Kings fan has filed a police report against Corey Crawford, alleging the Chicago goalie squirted him in the face with his water bottle at the end of Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at Staples Center, TMZ reports.

The details:

27-year-old Kings fan Clark Wong filed a battery report Monday night claiming he was “sprayed” by the hockey player at Staples Center.

TMZ Sports spoke with Wong who says he was sitting behind the Blackhawks bench — and was heckling Crawford — when the goalie was pulled from the game toward the end of the 3rd period.

That’s when Crawford — who’s in the middle of a 6-year, $36 million contract — allegedly whipped out a water bottle and blasted him right in the face.

Wong says he believes the bottle was filled with backwash — along with water — and it has caused serious irritation to his eyes. Wong says he’s going to a doctor to get his eyes checked.

League sources tell TMZ Sports … Wong was ejected from the game 3 to 5 minutes after the spraying incident for “taunting the players” and it was while he was being escorted out of the arena that he began to rub his eyes, complaining about the pain.

The TMZ report goes on to say that Crawford filed a police report following the game — a 5-2 loss, which gave the Kings a 3-1 series lead — before leaving the arena.

PHT has reached out to the NHL for comment on the situation; we’ll update the post when any new details become available.

Update: ‘Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville addressed the situation, sort of, during his pre-game press availability…

Q. On report that Corey Crawford sprayed a fan with water in LA.

COACH QUENNEVILLE: I just heard about it on my way over. First I heard of it. I’m not aware of the situation other than what you just said.
I’m not worried about it right now. I’m worrying about the game.

It’s still unclear if Crawford will face discipline from the NHL regarding the matter. Do remember that, in 2009, then-Rangers head coach John Tortorella was suspended one playoff game for squirting a fan with a water bottle during his team’s playoff series against Washington.

Stars to scratch Nichushkin after rough outing versus Avs?

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Looks as though slumping Dallas winger Valeri Nichushkin could be a healthy scratch tonight when the Stars host the Oilers at American Airlines.

Per the Morning-News, Nichushkin — who barely played in the second and third periods of Saturday’s 6-3 loss to Colorado — is likely to be replaced by Colton Sceviour in the lineup.

Stars head coach Lindy Ruff was fuming after the Avs defeat, calling it “embarrassing, worse than disappointing.” It didn’t take a genius to realize one of the players in his doghouse was Nichushkin, who had just 2:02 of ice time in the second period and 3:24 in the third.

Yesterday, Ruff dropped Nichushkin to the fourth line in practice.

“I’ve been trying to help him by shifting him around,” the head coach explained. “He had some struggles early in camp on right wing, so I put him on left, and he doesn’t seem real comfortable at left right now.

“His game, everything has got to get a little bit quicker.”

The 10th overall pick in 2013, Nichushkin has struggled to build on the form shown in his rookie campaign, when he scored 14 goals and 34 points in 79 contests.

He missed nearly all of last season with a linger hip ailment and has been a virtual non-factor through the first two games this year.

Report: Teams ‘screaming bloody murder’ about Richards settlement

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When the Los Angeles Kings announced they’d settled with Mike Richards, it didn’t take long for the accusations of salary-cap circumvention to materialize.

And though NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was adamant that the settlement was “far from” circumvention, apparently not everyone agrees with the league in that regard.

“Privately, other teams are screaming bloody murder and are threatening to make an issue about it at December’s Board of Governors’ meeting,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports.

Friedman goes into more detail in his story, so click the link to read more.

But remember how we wrote that the issue in this case was precedent, and that the “NHL and NHLPA can’t allow teams to escape onerous contracts through a back door”?

Well, one agent posed a good question to Friedman: “What’s to stop other teams from trying this?”