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Lightning’s Brown swats phone out of fan’s hands, NHL investigating incident

Lightning winger J.T. Brown was heated after he was hit unsuspectingly by the Predators’ Ryan Ellis, and as Brown left the ice following a melee, he smacked the phone out of the hands of a heckling fan.

No supplementary discipline came from the on-ice action in Monday’s feisty tilt between the Lightning and Predators, but Tampa Bay’s J.T. Brown may be finding himself in some hot water after an incident that occurred as he was leaving the ice following a misconduct in the final minutes.

With less than two minutes remaining in the third period, Brown was levelled with a hard, arguably blindside hit by Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis and sent crashing to the ice. The hit, which was in response to an earlier hit thrown by Brown on the Predators’ Roman Josi, set off somewhat of a line brawl between the two sides, with the two main combatants being Ellis and Brown. 

Both Ellis and Brown were handed misconducts in what was an exceptionally heated moment between the two teams, but the story didn’t end there.

As Brown exited the ice, visibly angered by the hit he had taken, a fan was filming Brown’s exit from the game. The fan, identified as Brendan Johansen by TMZ, was heckling Brown, which set the Lightning winger off, causing him to reach up and smack the cellphone out of Johansen’s hands as he was recording. 

TMZ reported that Johansen isn’t mad and won’t be getting the law involved in any way, but he apparently is looking for a new phone out of the whole ordeal because the screen of his iPhone was smashed after Brown swatted it out of Johansen’s hands.

According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the league is looking into the incident and there’s certainly a possibility that a fine could be heading Brown’s way. The Tampa Bay Times’ Joe Smith reported there’s been no comment from the Lightning or Brown on the incident.

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