Found December 08, 2011 on Puck Daddy:
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 the ease with which he scored, Anisimov decided to engage in a preposterous celebration. The Rangers forward grabbed his stick like a rifle, dropped to one knee and fired at the Lightning goal like he was cutting down enemy soldiers on "Call of Duty."  (Which, incidentally, Anisimov plays on Xbox.) Here's what happened: The play drew immediate comparisons to the Teemu Selanne machine gun celebration, and why not: Scoring the fifth goal of your season is completely comparable to setting an NHL record for goals as a rookie, right? Right? The Lightning didn't take too kindly to Anisimov'...

Artem Anisimov Apologizes For His Sniper Rifle Goal Celebration (Video)

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 [...]

Rangers C Anisimov apologizes for goal celebration

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...

Artem Anisimov Incites Mini-Riot With “Shooting” Motion

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...

Artem Anisimov Apologizes To Tampa Bay For Celebration Gone Wrong

… 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 [...]

Rangers' Anisimov apologizes for goal celebration

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.

Artem Anisimov Breaks Out The Boomstick, Righteously Pisses Off The Lightning

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. More »

Lightning 3, Rangers 2: In a Loss, a Ranger’s Gesture Leads to a Fight

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.

New York Rangers' Artem Anisimov apologizes to Tampa Bay Lightning for gun-shooting celebration

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Sometimes, You Lose – Lightning @ Rangers Post Game Thoughts…

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...

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher won't criticize Steve Downie for Rangers fight

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