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Artem Anisimov apologizes for gunning down the Lightning

Dec 9, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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Artem Anisimov is apologizing for his “rifleman” celebration against the Lightning last night.

Anisimov’s incredible goal celebration managed to catch the ire of not just Vincent Lecavalier and Steve Stamkos, but also that of his coach John Tortorella. When you get opponents upset that’s one thing, getting John Tortorella displeased with you is something else entirely.

As Andrew Gross of Rangers Rants makes note, Tortorella supports Anisimov, but you know he’s not too pleased.

“You guys all know him, he’s a great kid. I don’t think he realized what would happen in that type of situation and I don’t think that’s planned by him to go that far. I don’t blame Tampa at all, I’d expect our team to do the same thing. It’s a lesson learned pretty quickly.”

If you’re wondering if the league will do anything to punish Anisimov, don’t count on it. The NHL didn’t suspend or fine Arron Asham for his “go to sleep” taunt of Jay Beagle early this season and Beagle wound up injured because of that fight. If anything happens to Anisimov because of this, mark it down as something else to be skeptical about how the NHL punishes players.

  1. hague507 - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Much respect to Tampa for not taking that BS !!! Old school hockey

    • michiganhockey11 - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      Old time hockey…Eddie Shore!!!

  2. djwhite2710 - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Hmm AA is NOT known for this type of thing….HBO cameras started rolling on NYR recently…I wonder if it is possible he was trying to do something “cool” knowing the extra attention…I wouldn’t think so…but worth throwing out there?

  3. rca26 - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Tampa hasn’t done a lot of winning lately, but they respond pretty well to being trolled. Between this, that Flyers debacle, and that Buffalo game on VS where I believe Kaleta and Regehr kept hacking away at Connolly, they find a way to come back and win when someone pisses them off.

    Just wish they’d get pissed off more often…

    • boltsfan777 - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:23 AM

      Good call. Adversity seems to good for them. I hope this is a turning point for them, but they are running out of time. I say keep playing Garon until his GAA is worse than Roloson’s 3.55.

  4. boltsfan777 - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    There’s no outrage necessary here. Scoring goals is very difficult, and always a legitimate cause of celebration. It looked a little choreographed, but maybe he does that in practice for fun, and got a little carried away in the moment. It was addressed on the ice, so good for the Bolts for dealing with it, and good for the Rangers for owning it. It was all very entertaining and no harm resulted.

    For the record, my take is that it didn’t look like Vinnie was planning to take a poke at him, but maybe just get in his face about it and *calibrate* the young man a little. We’ll never know.

  5. lsxphotog - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Glad the Lightning took action.

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