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Must see TV: Artem Anisimov channels his inner sniper

Artem Anisimov, Tyler Kennedy

New York Rangers’ Artem Anisimov (42) of Russia, and Pittsburgh Penguins Tyler Kennedy go after the puck in the corner during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. (AP Photo)


Anyone remember when Teemu Selanne broke Mike Bossy’s rookie goal scoring record? The goal was just like the other 75 he scored that season—but the celebration is what most people remember. After tonight, we can probably say that Rangers forward Artem Anisimov is a fan.

After scoring a sweet shorthanded goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning to give his team the 2-1 lead in the second period, he took aim at the Lightning net. Predictably, all hell broke loose after Anisimov’s celebration leading to 38 minutes worth of penalties—including 10 minute misconducts for Anisimov and Steve Downie (for leaving the bench to join the festivities).

Here’s the question: are you alright with Anisimov’s celebration or did he deserve the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he earned for the move? More importantly, are you alright with Vinny Lecavalier (and the rest of the Lightning players) response? The comment section awaits.