New York Rangers center Artem Anisimov apologized for a post-goal celebration that triggered a skirmish in Thursday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Anisimov said he was not trying to show up the Lightning when he pretended to use his stick as a rifle and pointed it as Tampa Bay goatender Mathieu Garon.
“I just want to apologize to Tampa. I didn’t mean something by it," Anisimov said. "It’s just my celebration, and when I score goals I want to do something unusual. I apologize to Tampa.”
Anisimov was immediately confronted by Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier and other teammates after his impromptu celebration.
Lecavalier, who said he spoke with Rangers center Brad Richards - a former teammate - after the game about the incident, was happy to hear of the apology.
"He did something wrong so, of course, we appreciate that," Lecavalier said. "He's a young guy and the fact that he's saying it is good."
Anisimov and Tampa Bay's Steve Downie each received 10-minute misconduc...