Madison Square Garden has announced that it has expelled a New York Rangers fan from its premises for life. He was seen punching a Tampa Bay Lightning supporter in the face after Thursday's Game 5. Check out some of the best betting apps for betting on the NHL!
Video posted to social media shows that the Rangers fan punched the Lightning fan as the two walked along the concourse following Tampa Bay's 3-1 win. While others attended to the victim, the assailant left the area.
Madison Square Garden released a statement Friday calling the incident an "abhorrent attack" and stating that the Rangers fan attacked another person who attempted to intervene.
"We fully cooperate with law enforcement because this is a criminal matter. All guests should feel safe in The Garden regardless of their team affiliation. This is our policy and will continue to be so. The Garden and all MSG venues will be closed to the assailant for life," MSG stated in a statement.
Police informed multiple outlets that a Staten Island man, aged 29, was arrested for assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment. Police said there had been an interaction between Lightning fans and Rangers before the punch was thrown. Check out the top sportsbooks for betting on the Rangers in New York!
Madison Square Garden stated that the victims received "appropriate medical care." Police say that the Lightning fan was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he is now in stable condition. The fan who intervened declined treatment.
The Lightning has a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-7 series. If the Rangers win Saturday's game, Game 7 will be played at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. The Rangers will have a full house for Game 6 at Madison Square Garden as the Garden and Rangers will host a watch party.