The Eastern Conference Finals series between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning took a very scary turn after the final buzzer of Game 5. What has previously been a very captivating series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is now turning its attention to a New York fan assaulting a Tampa Bay fan.
Following the game, a Rangers fan punched a Lightning fan right in the face in the Madison Square Garden concourse. The Tampa Bay fan fell to the ground while onlookers called for security.
Fight at MSG #NYR #NoQuitInNY #Fights #TampaBay pic.twitter.com/xxL9oD1if1
— Scott Kaplan (@ScottKaplanOn) June 10, 2022
Madison Square Garden, home to both the Rangers and the New York Knicks, banned the assailant for life and released a statement about the incident. The statement called it “an abhorrent assault” and said that MSG will cooperate with law enforcement during its investigation.
— MSG (@TheGarden) June 10, 2022
The Lightning reclaimed the series lead from the Rangers by winning Game 5 with a score of 3-1. A late goal from Ondrej Palat gave Tampa Bay a lead that they wouldn't give up. A failed beer chug from Jimmy Fallon ended up being the most notable highlight (aside from its only goal, scored by Ryan Lindgren) from the Rangers' side.
The teams fought after the game ended, displaying all the bad energy that had been building up on the ice. However, now that a fan is seemingly injured very badly, it's important to be reminded that it's never serious enough to do what the Rangers fan did.
The Lightning lead the series 3-2 with the chance to close it out on Saturday.