A New York Rangers fan was charged with two counts of assault after police say he punched a Tampa Bay Lightning fan after Thursday night’s game in an attack caught on video. 

James Anastasio, a 29-year-old from Staten Island, also faces harassment and reckless endangerment charges.

Police say he was located inside Madison Square Garden after the incident and arrested.

The incident happened shortly after the Lightning’s 3-1 victory over the Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final at MSG.

In a video that went viral on Twitter, a Rangers fan was captured punching a Lightning fan in the face. Police say the fan lost consciousness.

The two were engaging in a verbal dispute before the assault occurred, according to police. 

Fellow fans were seen on the video assisting the Lightning fan, while video shows the attacker walking away from the scene. 

According to the New York Police Department, a 37-year-old good Samaritan attempted to chase after Anastasio, but was eventually punched as well.

Police say both people who were punched refused medical attention at the scene.

In response to the incident, Madison Square Garden said in a statement that its employees are working with law enforcement on the matter. The statement adds that Anastasio is banned for life from the Garden and all other venues operated by MSG. 

“Last night, an abhorrent assault took place against a Tampa Bay fan at the conclusion of the game — followed by a second assault against an individual who bravely intervened,” Madison Square Garden wrote in a statement. “All guests — no matter what team they support — should feel safe and respected in The Garden. This has and always will be our policy.”


The Lightning’s victory gave them a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 is Saturday night in Tampa.