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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."
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New York Rangers center Artem Anisimov apologized for his goal celebration where he used his stick as an improvised sniper rifle during the team’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night, calling his actions “classless.” Anisimov, a 23-year-old Russian in his fifth season of North American professional hockey who speaks limited English, also [...]
Andrew Gross reports that Artem Anisimov is ok following his head injury in the third period. Anisimov had the following to say: “Me and the Buffalo guy were skating to the puck, I probably touched it first,” Anisimov said. He hit me (Anisimov taps himself on the right shoulder) and the glass went to my [...]
In the second period of the New York Rangers' 3-2 shootout lose to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Artem Anisimov scored his fifth goal of the year to put the Rangers up 2-1 at that time. What happened after the goal is what made the play unique. Anisimov finished off a backdoor pass, and then he celebrated (check it out below).Anisimov coasted backwards to the blue line where he dropped...
The Tampa Bay Lightning took on the New York Rangers on Dec 8 and quite a large skirmish ensued after Artem Anisimov scored and pretended to “shoot” Mathieu Garon. You can clearly see Artem mocking a shooting motion with his stick. The Lightning immediately took exception to the motion and Vinny Lecavalier charged after Artem which set off the melee.
According to ESPN, Anisimov...
PHILADELPHIA After creating controversy with a goal celebration against the Lightning on Thursday, New York Rangers forward Artem Anisimov issued an apology to Tampa Bay on Friday.
… we all know Artem and what a quiet, kind guy he is. I believe him when he says he wasn’t trying to be malicious and had no tendencies to aim the stick at Vinny Lecavalier or Mathieu Garon. That being said, hopefully Tampa accepts the apology and everyone can all move on from this and [...]
At 13:23 of the second period on Thursday night, New York Rangers forward Artem Anisimov scored a layup that would have made the Knicks proud: Wide open in front of a gaping Tampa net, he received a pass form Michael Del Zotto and converted a shorthanded goal.
If he had been any more wide-open, he could have dropped down and nudged the puck over the line with his nose. Yet despite...
After scoring his fifth goal of the season, a shorthanded tally in a tie game, Rangers center Artem Anisimov lowered the sights, pumped his stick, and let fly with one of the more demonstrative celebrations of the year. The Lightning took offense and swarmed Anisimov, setting off a penalty bonanza and setting the tone for a chippy rest of the game...
Artem Anisimov instigated a brawl after he scored a goal in the second period and pointed his stick at the Tampa Bay net like a rifle and pretended to fire.
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Sometimes you win games you should lose, sometimes you lose games you should win. When the former happens everyone just shrugs it off. When the latter happens everyone searches for people to blame. Rangers were significantly better than the Lightning tonight. They just couldn’t put one home. It happens. Forget it and move on.
Regarding the Artem Anisimov play that everyone is...