Some water bottle-related controversy during Thursday night’s New York Rangers overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning has resulted in three fines.
Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos of the Lightning and Rangers forward Kevin Hayes were each docked $5,000 by the NHL for “unsportsmanlike conduct” early in the third period.
Not long after Killorn had a goal taken away due to goaltender interference, he was getting ready for a neutral zone face-off when Hayes squirted him with water from the Rangers’ bench. Killorn waved his stick at Hayes and a brouhaha ensued, which led to a J.T. Brown–Steve Kampfer scrap.
After spending a few moments arguing with an official, Stamkos tried to return the favor but ended up hitting MSG Network’s John Giannone, who was stationed inside the glass at Amalie Arena.
Giannone, who took a puck to the face during a game in 2013, is used to the dangers that come with the territory of working between the benches. At least this time it was only water.
The $5,000 fine is the maximum under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement and the $15,000 will benefit the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
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New York added some defensive depth on Friday, agreeing to terms with Russian blueliner Alexei Bereglazov.
Bereglazov, 23, has spent the last few seasons with KHL club Metallurg Magnitogorsk, including a ’16-17 campaign in which he scored 19 points in 60 games. He led all d-men aged 24 or younger in assists, with 18.
Despite being passed over at the draft, Bereglazov had a good junior career, highlighted by capturing bronze for Russia at the 2014 World Juniors. He finished with two points in seven games in the tourney, playing alongside the likes of Andrei Vasilevskiy, Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Ivan Barbashev and his new Rangers teammate, Pavel Buchnevich.
It’ll be interesting to see where he fits in New York next season. The club has seven blueliners under contract — Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Klein, Nick Holden, Brady Skjei and Steve Kampfer — with Brendan Smith a pending UFA, and Adam Clendening a pending RFA.
Steve Kampfer didn’t dress for New York’s series-opening win over Montreal on Wednesday.
Thursday, things went a little better.
Kampfer agreed to a two-year, two-way extension with the Blueshirts, per TVA. It’s a $1.3 million pact worth $650,000 annually at the NHL level.
Kampfer, 28, was acquired from Florida midseason in the Dylan McIlrath trade. He appeared in 10 games for the Blueshirts, scoring two points while averaging just under 13 minutes per night.
A veteran of nearly 150 career NHL contests, Kampfer had spent time with Boston and Minnesota prior to Florida and New York. He announced confirmation of the signing on his Instagram account earlier this afternoon.
The Blueshirts are limping into this evening’s tilt with Carolina.
Starting netminder Henrik Lundqvist is sidelined with a lower-body injury. Leading goalscorer Michael Grabner will miss his fifth straight contest with a hip ailment. Alternate captain Rick Nash is out with a lingering upper-body issue.
So what sayeth you, J.T. Miller?
“People go down and people have to step into a different spot normally,” the Rangers’ leading scorer said, per the club website. “Just have to play like any other game.”
On their own, the losses are significant — but when piled on top of the guys New York was already without, it’s pretty overwhelming.
The Rangers were down the services of d-men Kevin Klein (back) and Dan Girardi (ankle), while versatile forward Jesper Fast is on the shelf with a separated shoulder.
As a result, head coach Alain Vingeault’s working with a patchwork lineup. The Chris Kreider–Derek Stepan–Mats Zuccarello line will remain intact, while Miller will jump to fill Nash’s spot alongside Pavel Buchnevich and Mika Zibanejad.
Matt Puempel, a healthy scratch recently, will draw back in and play alongside Jimmy Vesey and Kevin Hayes. That leaves Tanner Glass, Oscar Lindberg and Brandon Pirri on the fourth line.
On defense, it’ll be Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Brendan Smith, Nick Holden, Brady Skjei and Steve Kampfer.
Antti Raanta will get the start, while ECHL recall Brandon Halverson will back up.