will likely get a warmer reception in Chicago for Game 5. (Bill Smith/Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
You can't make this stuff up.
According to an online report, Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is the focus of an investigation by the Los Angeles police after he allegedly sprayed a heckler with his water bottle.
However, an LAPD spokesman told CBSChicago.com that it is not pursuing the matter.
The incident reportedly occurred near the end of the Kings' 5-2 Game 4 win in Los Angeles after fan Clark Wong began chirping Crawford, who'd been pulled for an extra attacker. Wong, who was later escorted from the arena for taunting players, claimed that his eyes burned after the "assault" and said that the bottle he was squirted with contained "backwash" along with water.
Wong, who clearly doesn't understand how squirt bottles work, is clearly a sorry soul...but at the same time, he has a right to be ticked if things happened the way he claims. Whether he had it coming or not, his actions didn't free Crawford to do anything more than chirp back. It wouldn't be surprising if the goalie is fined by the NHL for his actions.
When fans cross the line verbally, athletes need to leave it up to arena security to defuse the situation. Security personnel may have been too slow to act for Crawford's liking, but it sounds like they did their job.
Now if they could just handle up on the glass bangers...