Bolts’ Gudas gets ejected for slashing at Panthers bench

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Florida Panthers winger Scottie Upshall has been a healthy scratch here and there lately, but hockey fans/lovers of tomfoolery should be glad he played on Friday. If not, someone probably wouldn’t have sprayed Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas with a water bottle, inspiring this outburst (captured in GIF form by The Score’s Thomas Drance):

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Gudas, 23, was ejected from Sunday’s contest for unsportsmanlike conduct.

It’s the most recent in an occasional line of water bottle shenanigans, you may remember the hydration-enhancer’s role in some controversy between the Lightning and Nathan Horton and John Tortorella vs. Washington Capitals fans.

Also, note to self: do not pull the old “clown flower spray” trick on Gudas.

Update: Gudas’ Lightning got the last laugh, beating Florida 4-3 via a shootout.