PITTSBURGH - Henrik Lundqvist was fined $5,000 by the NHL Monday for a skate-by squirting of Sidney Crosby with his water bottle after the horn sounded to end the second period of Game 6.
While headed to the bench, Lundqvist squeezed the bottle on Crosby, who was down on the ice wrestling with players. The goaltender was fined for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The Bruins Shawn Thornton was fined $2,820 for squirting Montreal's P.K. Subban from the bench in Game 5 of that series. Fines are based on a player's daily salary.
The league did not fine any other Rangers or Penguins for the extracurricular activities in Game 6, not the uncalled elbows or slashes, nor Crosby's slew foot on Dan Girardi, nor his jab to Dominic Moore's groin.
"That's just playoff hockey," Moore said. "Everyone's competing this time of year. Both teams are fighting hard. The scrums are going to happen when the intensity's that high."
Said Brian Boyle: "I'm sure we probably got away with a few things. We've played in a few Game 7s. We want to keep our emotions in check, but once the puck drops, it's us versus them."
No one has worn the "C" for the Rangers since Ryan Callahan was traded March 5, but is Brad Richards a sort of "unofficial" captain? "Without a doubt," coach Alain Vigneault said. "In the meetings prior to the playoffs starting, Marty [St. Louis] said we need 20 guys driving the bus, but if there is one guy who has taken more of a take-charge, helping everybody along . . . sharing his experience, Brad is definitely up there."
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is 2-2 in Game 7s. Vigneault is 3-1. As for players, the 20 Rangers expected to dress Tuesday night are 62-6. Eighteen Penguins are a combined 30-24 . . . Home teams are 91-61 (.599) in 152 Game 7s.