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From ESPN's "Morning 3 on 3":
Scott Burnside: Well, that was quite a homecoming for Milan Lucic, no? The former Boston Bruins power forward and key member of the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup-winning team returned with his new team the Los Angeles Kings, and they put a big-time hurt on the Bruins in a 9-2 trouncing. Ouch. Nine different Kings scored, including Lucic (who also added an assist). We have often suggested these teams are mirror images of each other in terms of style and identity, but maybe Boston's reflection has more than a few cracks these days. While Lucic has fit seamlessly with the Kings, purveyors of heavy hockey who have rediscovered their mojo, the Bruins continue to meander through the Eastern Conference. Yes, Boston owns a wild card spot as of Wednesday morning, but is anyone confident this is a team that can stay there, or make a dent if they get in? More to the point, how does rookie Bruins GM Don Sweeney approach his first trade deadline? Add or subtract? Both? Neither?
The Boston Bruins played this tribute to Lucic last night.
The LA Kings defeated the Bruins 9-2.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Milan Lucic is a bear of man. Everything about him is oversized, from his 6-foot-3, 228-pound frame and the force of his personality to the way he plays hockey – mean and on the edge.
Some NHL players just fill space in a dressing room. When Lucic walks in, he radiates a natural ebullience, and it is contagious. And so the fit for Lucic – going from Boston, where he played the first eight seasons of his career, to the Los Angeles Kings – has been seamless.
Lucic makes his first return to Boston Tuesday, when the Kings start a season-high seven-game road trip. They’re comfortably atop the Pacific Division and plotting another long playoff run.
For Lucic, the timing really couldn’t be better. He’s been with the Kings for five months now, long enough to distance himself from his days in Boston, during which the Bruins won a memorable Stanley Cup in 2011. But he’s also looking forward to renewing acquaintances with old friends and the Boston staff, many of whom he plans to see before the teams hit the ice.
His return to Beantown may be a big deal in hockey circles, but, as he says in an interview, “I never asked to get traded.”
from Milan Lucic at The Players' Tribune,
is is how naive I was when I got to Boston. Are you ready for this?
We had this really nice guy who worked for the team and handled all the road travel. He was in his early 70s. His name was Johnny, and he was just awesome. I was a 19-year-old kid in my first training camp. I didn’t know what the hell was going on. I didn’t know about NHL travel. I knew about WHL buses. So Johnny had my back. He was kind of like a cool grandfather to me.
One day after practice, I was sitting in the locker room talking to one of my teammates, and I was like, “Johnny’s a real nice guy, eh?”
He goes, “Johnny who?”
“You know, the road guy. Johnny. Can’t remember his last name.”
“You mean Johnny friggin’ Bucyk?!”
“Is that his name? Sorry, man. Still trying to learn everybody.”
This play is definitely going to be reviewed by the NHL, but I'm not sure what decision they're going to make. Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman got hit very hard by Nashville Predators forward Miikka Salomaki, and as Wideman gets up and goes to the bench, linesman Don Henderson...do we go with "gets in the way" or "got clipped by Wideman?" Both things appear to have happened:
At 1 AM, TSN posted this:
Afterwards Wideman said the incident was "completely unintentional and I already apologized to him".
"Throughout my career I think I've treated every official with the utmost respect and I'd never try to intentionally hit a linesman or ref," explained Wideman. "I was kind of keeled over and at the last second I saw him and couldn't avoid it. I couldn't see him and didn't know where to go or how to get away from him. It was an accident and I feel really bad about it."
Update: For comparison's sake, see: Milan Loosick...I mean Milan Lucic...slugging Jay Sharrers in the face while trying to get at Cody McLeod:
That'll get reviewed, too.
added 7:17am, Wideman's explanation, watch below...
Here is the explanation.
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
First, the controversy and some choice words afterward from Kings left wing Milan Lucic. Lucic was ejected from the game, at 6:55 of the third period for taking a swing and connecting with Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton.
Lucic said he feared his wrist was broken, at first. He said his whole hand went numb and he couldn't feel his hand, explaining his reaction to the slash.
“Thankfully, X-rays came back negative,” he said. “If I don't react, I don't think he even calls a penalty. The same guy [referee] Brad Meier, I think this is the fourth time he's kicked me out of a game.
“It's always the same thing with him. Guys can take liberties on me and it's not a penalty. If I do something, I'm automatically kicked out of the game. It's just unfortunate it is that way with him. Just gotta move on and not get frustrated by the referees in the game.”
more on the Kings 3-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes...
Watch the Lucic confrontation below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi said via email that he had his initial planning meeting with Kings cap whiz Jeff Solomon on Wednesday to start looking at what's ahead for them.
"We are back at the drawing board now with Kopitar being done," Lombardi said.
If the Kings can't make it work with Lucic, so be it, the winger says he'll go into the free-agent market with an open mind and expect the unexpected.
But he stressed again that he hopes to make it work contract-wise in L.A.
It feels right with the Kings. And maybe that's because he's gone from a Boston team that contended for years and won a Cup in 2011, to another contender. It's all about winning and that's all Lucic knows in his DNA.
"I think it's made it so much easier on myself, coming into a place where the team already is an established winner expected to do well," Lucic said.
There’s more to Milan Lucic than just his aggressive style of play on this ice- after a summer of highs and lows, he’s coming to terms playing hockey on the other side of the country.
From NHL.com's Kevin Weekes' "Friday Four":
4. Kings not looking royal
The Los Angeles Kings are concerning because they are such a great group in terms of management and coaching staff. They're coming off a tough year, not making the Stanley Cup Playoffs after winning the Cup. A lot of their top guys came back in top shape, but it hasn't translated into their performance yet. They hardly get any shots on goal. There's no spark to their game.
I think Milan Lucic has a great opportunity as a pending free agent to come in there and play the way he is capable of playing. He's a big man, he's from the West Coast, but he hasn't been a fit so far. When he is on his game, he can be a game-changer, but it's not really all on him. A lot of guys in their group are not showing any spark. All the hunger they said they had has not translated into their game.
Their speed guys aren't even playing the speed game that we know. Marian Gaborik, Jeff Carter, "That 70s Line," those guys are fast players; but right now, they are not playing physical or fast. It's been disappointing watching them so far because I know they are way better than they've shown. The Kings are a two-time Cup champion team, but we're not seeing that right now.
Continued with notes regarding the Blue Jackets, Red Wings and Coyotes...
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Milan Lucic, on his altercation with Logan Couture:
Just a little hit. I didn’t like it, so I reacted to it. I don’t know why I got a match penalty. I didn’t cross any line, so obviously I deserved a penalty, but I don’t know why it was called a match penalty. At the end of the day, I don’t care who it is on the other side. If you’re going to hit someone like that, you could easily injure someone, it doesn’t matter what the situation is. I’m definitely going to react to it. That’s basically it. Five-one game, you don’t want to lose any game like that, never mind your first game at home, first game in five months. I hope that and everything is a wake-up call that we need to get things going right away. We just need to bring more emotion to the game on Friday.
Lucic, on Darryl Sutter saying that it shouldn’t have even been a roughing penalty:
I don’t want to disagree with him, but it might have been a roughing penalty, and that’s about it.
more from Lucic...
Watch the play below...
from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe,
So, he was sent to Los Angeles, where he has been playing with Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik. And, after feeling like he was “overthinking” in his first preseason game with his new team, Lucic said his plan needed to be to “trust yourself and play within your strengths and go out there and do what you do and not focus too much on overanalyzing the X’s and O’s to where you’re overthinking things.”
Lucic didn’t have to think in Boston. He knew what to do and where to be. He doesn’t know that in Los Angeles. And there are other things he also doesn’t know as the regular season approaches.
Lucic is in the final year of his contract, with a $6 million cap hit. The Kings are said to be open to inking Lucic to a new deal, but he needs to prove he can get back to his play of 2010-11, when he scored 30 goals and 32 assists as the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.
“Another thing that I have to learn how to deal with, too, is that little bit of uncertainty,” he said. I’ve always known that, ‘Hey, OK, I’m going to be here [in Boston] and the contract is there,’ so none of that was ever in the back of your mind, right? So I guess there is a little bit of uncertainty there, as well.
“Usually when the team has success, individuals have success, so I’m just trying to come here and help the team win hockey games, and usually when you do that everything else takes care of itself.”
Maybe, it was suggested, he’ll be back in the Eastern Conference next season, seeing his former teammates more than twice a year. He laughed.
“We’ll see,” he said. “In a perfect world I’d love to stay out here. It’s awesome.”
more on Lucic...
"I honestly don't know what's going to happen moving on. I mean I have one year left on my contract, and there's a possibility that I can hit the [unrestricted free agent] market.
"It's obviously something that's been a dream of mine since I've been a kid, is to play in your hometown and play for the Canucks, but right now the main focus is going down to L.A. and trying to make the most of that."
-Milan Lucic of the Los Angeles Kings. More from Mike Battaglino of NHL.com.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Lucic caught in numbers game
Had Milan Lucic been traded to a team other than the Kings, the ex-Bruin could already have his next contract in place. The 27-year-old left wing, with full health, a primary role, and motivation on his side, is in line to have a good season. An extension now would cost less than a new deal next offseason. But LA’s first priority is re-upping Anze Kopitar, who will also be unrestricted on July 1. And that will be a complicated transaction. Had business proceeded normally, Kopitar would have signed an extension comparable to Jonathan Toews’s eight-year, $84 million blockbuster. Kopitar is LA’s version of Toews. But within the context of a slow-to-rise cap, Toews’s deal is inflationary. As much as they need Kopitar back, the Kings have to be conservative. Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli will be restricted after 2016-17. In that context, Lucic is a secondary priority for the Kings. He may even be a short-term acquisition in the Kings’ push to return to the playoffs.
Anaheim’s goaltending tandem of Frederik Andersen and John Gibson may not continue in 2015-16. The Ducks acquired Anton Khudobin from Carolina for James Wisniewski on June 27. The ex-Bruin could be Andersen’s backup, leaving Gibson to develop in the AHL. If so, it would break up the best mask duo in the league. Andersen will wear another logo-themed lid in 2015-16, this time with a Batman mask over a duck’s face. Gibson will have a mask based on Duck Hunt, the classic 8-bit Nintendo shooter game.
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Milan Lucic met with the LA media today...
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On whether he expected to be traded:
I didn’t really know what to expect. Obviously, with the change in the GM in Boston, obviously with the Bruins not making the playoffs, kind of talking about a transition of things moving forward. So, when you hear the rumors, especially now with social media, you know it’s kind of hard to get away from the rumors, you hear things floating around. I expected anything, I expected the unexpected and I mean, I definitely didn’t expect to get traded to a team like LA, but I couldn’t be happier to end up in a spot like this with a team like this, such a great organization with the success that they’ve had the last couple of years. I’m just hoping that I can come here and help the team out the best way I can, help them have some more success moving on in the future.
Below, watch Lucic talking with the media...
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi's big moment came away from the draft floor with the Lucic trade.
"I do think every player on our team just grew three inches and put on 10 pounds of muscle," Lombardi said Friday on a conference call. "So that don't hurt."
The Bruins also will pick up $2.75 million of Lucic's $6-million salary for next season, no small issue in a world constrained by salary caps. Boston drafted Lucic, and he won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011 but realized his days with the rebuilding organization were numbered when he started hearing trade rumors.
"I had a lot of mixed emotions in the last 48 hours," Lucic said in a telephone call from Kelowna, British Columbia. "I kind of had that nervous, anxious, excited, sad, all-in-one feeling, going on in my stomach this morning. Like something big was going to happen."
Lombardi, whose team missed the playoffs this past season after winning the Stanley Cup in 2014, looked at his organizational charts and boxes and seized the chance to check the power-forward/left wing box.
"It's the Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy-type trio that most people think is the ultimate-type line," Lombardi said of the Islanders icons. "We also wondered whether Gabby [Marian Gaborik] was better on the right [wing].
"To get a player like Clark Gillies, there's not many like this in the league, that can play with top players and bring that element."
added 5:41pm, Kings release is below...
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
“All of our players have to understand that the four teams playing this week all have different attributes of skill, size, speed, and grit,” Sweeney said Wednesday at TD Garden. “But they have a sacrifice level that it takes to win in the playoffs. You have to have a blend of that to get there. We have to have more aggression in our game.”
Sweeney also wants cap flexibility. The Bruins have approximately $60 million invested in their 2015-16 roster. Dougie Hamilton, Brett Connolly, and Ryan Spooner require new contracts. The Bruins need a backup goalie.
Milan Lucic is in the last year of a deal that averages $6 million annually. It is a high sum for a player for whom 18 goals and 26 assists was considered a disappointment. Sweeney does not want to play limbo too closely under the ceiling, which is projected to be approximately $70 million next year. Trading the 26-year-old winger with cap relief as an objective would help Sweeney gain breathing room.
“We have some challenges,” Sweeney acknowledged. “We have some flexibility issues that we have to get back out in front of and that we have to address head-on.”
Moving Lucic, however, would mean losing the NHL’s signature power forward. If he and David Krejci stay healthy, Lucic’s presence and production will grow next year. Trading Lucic would not necessarily improve the team in 2015-16.
Determining Lucic’s future is one of Sweeney’s most immediate decisions. It is also one of his hardest.
via the NHL Situation Blog,
At 1:41 of the first period in the Rangers/Bruins game, video review determined that the puck deflected off Milan Lucic's skate and into the net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good goal Boston.
Watch the goal below...
from Nichols On Hockey,
Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 on Monday morning.
On the Boston Bruins:
“I think Boston is really trying hard to do something. Like, there was a rumor going around last night they were really trying to close a deal with Vermette. Some people I know who were at the world junior game from NHL teams had heard that. I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not, but that rumor was going around last night."
On if Milan Lucic is really available:
"The only thing I've heard about Lucic I think there's at least one team, I believe, that's asked about him and I don't think there was a deal to be made there.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
He could be the behemoth that chewed up the Blackhawks in the Bruins’ 3-2 loss Dec. 11 to Chicago, the NHL’s best team. In the third period, Lucic scooped up a loose puck in the defensive zone. He accelerated past Andrew Shaw. He shook off Patrick Sharp’s stick check like it was a toothpick. Lucic capped the rush by bulling through Michal Rozsival and Klas Dahlbeck before dishing to Torey Krug for a net-front strike.
Or Lucic could be the bystander who submitted a 0-0—0 line two nights later. In the Bruins’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Senators, Lucic landed just one puck on goal and offered little impact outside of a second-period fight with Mark Borowiecki.
Through 35 games this season, Lucic had six goals and 11 assists for 17 points. He’s been without David Krejci, his regular center, for 20 games. But that’s no excuse, not when Alex Ovechkin (16-12—28), Zach Parise (13-14—27), Daniel Sedin (8-22—30), Patrick Marleau (7-20—27), and Henrik Zetterberg (7-23—30) are the only left wings earning more annually than Lucic.
So if projecting how Lucic will play short term is such a challenge, consider applying the same exercise to the left wing’s next contract. It’s why figuring out how to progress with Lucic — or without him— is one of the trickiest challenges on the Bruins’ agenda.
more plus other hockey topics...
Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog on the 'soft' Bruins...
Another round of Milan Lucic vs. Dalton Prout, Jack Edwards with the call.
Milan Lucic this morning as the Bruins prepare to play the Blue Jackets tonight...
Mark Scheifele forgot about keeping his head on a swivel and paid for it last night. Two minutes for interference on Milan Lucic.
A little longer video below, but not as easy to see the hit.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
There have been whispers of the Bruins and Blues circling each other for weeks now, but the initial scuttlebutt suggested something smaller was in the works—maybe a deal for the rights to malcontent center (and former Bruin) Vladimir Sobotka, who is currently plying his trade in the faltering KHL. But as the two teams struggle to meet preseason expectations, it's thought that the pot has gotten a little richer and could well include a swap of top-six wingers.
The appeal of Lucic to the Blues is obvious. If they hope to get past the Blackhawks, Ducks and Kings they need to be heavier up front. And Lucic, when he's on his game, is as heavy as they come.
Boston, meanwhile, needs someone that can help them set a higher pace. A bit of an edge would be nice, but speed and scoring touch are paramount. Oshie is struggling this season, but is coming off a 21-goal, 60-point campaign highlighted by his stunning performance in the Olympics for Team USA. He has the wheels and the tools to fill that hole.
more plus other NHL topics...
On St. Louis capitalizing on momentum:
I didn’t really see it like that. I think that we’ve got to get a save in there somewhere. It’s frustrating.
On the team having been strong at protecting leads:
It’s not the same team. It’s quite a bit different team on the back end, and I’ve said all along we need great goaltending.
LA Kings head coach Darryl Sutter after losing 5-2 to the St. Louis Blues, via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider.
"things aren't coming easy for us--have to find a way to get some wins here. You look at the standings, we're behind the eight ball"
"hasn't been an easy year at all and we need to find ways to grind it out, start getting wins & start feeling good about ourselves"
-Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins after losing 3-2 to the Nashville Predators in a shootout. Quotes via the Boston Bruins twitter account.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Boston Bruins are irate at the altercation between forward Milan Lucic and Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout at the end of overtime on Friday and are vowing revenge when the teams meet on Dec. 27 at Nationwide Arena.
Lucic told the Boston Herald that he let Prout know he wasn’t going to fight, and he let his guard down just before Prout buckled his knees with a heavy right to the chin.
“It’s the end of the game,” Lucic said. “I let him know I wasn’t going to fight him. I wasn’t prepared, I let my guard down, and that’s what happens sometimes when you let your guard down. I’ve been in over 100 fights, and I never took a shot like that. Like I said, we get two opportunities to play the Blue Jackets, and I’ll be ready.”...
“There’s many a times when I could have done the exact same thing, and I held off because the guy’s refusing to drop his gloves,” Lucic said. “I find it to be gutless, and that’s my thoughts on it.”
Watch the incident below if you missed it earlier, video includes feed from both teams.
Dalton Prout with one punch...
from Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston,
... the last time Boston visited Montreal, Bruins forward Milan Lucic allowed his emotions to get the better of him. In the closing minute of Boston’s 6-4 loss on Oct. 16, Lucic was called for a penalty, and as he entered the box he made an inappropriate gesture toward fans. The league fined him $5,000 the following day.
When Lucic steps on the ice Thursday night, Montreal fans will let him know what they think of him. He publicly admitted he was wrong and sorry for his actions last month, but he plans on using the fans’ hatred as motivation when puck drops Thursday.
"That’s one of the things you have to try to do, is try to spin it into kind of a positive feel where you can get those competitive juices going,” Lucic said after Tuesday’s practice before the team left for its current road trip. “You can get yourself riled up sooner than later. For myself, I’ve always been a guy when I play with that type of emotion I’ve been at my best, so you can try to use that and spin it into a positive.”
"It was a selfish act. I think it takes away from all the positives from the game. I'm obviously not proud of what I did there"
"I know [the Canadiens fans] can get under your skin sometimes, but they are great fans. They are what make the games fun"
- Milan Lucic via tweets from Joe Haggerty.
added 4:04pm, video of the Lucic talking about the incident is below...
TORONTO (Oct. 17, 2014) – Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been fined $5,000 for an obscene gesture made during Game No. 53 in Montreal on Thursday, Oct. 16, the National Hockey League’s Hockey Operations Department announced today.
The fine money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
If you missed the incident, watch it here.
via Pierre LeBrun tweets,
FYI that Mike Murphy (hockey ops Toronto) is reviewing Lucic rude gesture to fans not Quintal because it's not player safety issue
My guess is Mike Murphy will want to speak with Lucic before deciding whether there's anything or not
The Bruins are not talking about it.
Below, the Bruins TV broadcast view...
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
“I feel like I’ve turned the corner in the last week or week-and-a-half, so that’s a positive. But I’m still working to get it up to 100 percent,” said Lucic, who had a hard cast on his left arm from elbow to hand for the majority of the summer. "I’m just exciting to be back with everyone, and to get things going. You don’t want to do anything to have any setbacks, so you have to be smart about it. It’s turned the corner for the better as far as rehab has gone.
“I’m just working to get the strength back in it. It’s been a good last two weeks, and hopefully it still gets strong as the month goes along. Every time you have surgery it never really goes all the way back to 100 percent, but you hope you get back to a point where you’re feeling as good as you did before the surgery.”
The lighter side of Lucic...
from Juliet Pennington of the Boston Globe,
Favorite vacation spot? The Bahamas. I’ve been there three times [to the Atlantis resort] and I liked it so much that I chose to get married there.
Favorite food or drink while vacationing? Margarita on the rocks with salt.
Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? Bora Bora [an island in French Polynesia] — but I’m finally going there this summer. I’m looking forward to it, especially since Brittany and I have been married for two years and haven’t really had a honeymoon.
It took a while for Don Cherry to get going on Coach's Corner on Monday night, but around the 2-minute mark, he suggested that Thomas Vanek's, "Mind is in Minnesota" (oh, and he may have sworn in the process). Then he went on to give Corey Crawford praise for "stealing" Game 1 of the Western Conference Final, to suggest that the NHL ought to get rid of the "Marsh Pegs" to restore players' fear of going into the goalposts, of course he decided to spend a chunk of time defending "Milan Loosick," pointing out that Andrei Markov may have incited Lucic's remarks.
Thanks to "Captain Canada," you'll hear Cherry's post-game remarks, too.
The CBC's Elliotte Friedman just posted his "30 Thoughts" column, and after wondering how the Penguins will be able to keep all of their unrestricted free agents-to-be, even with the rising cap (they won't be able to do so--a trade will be necessary or people will walk), he offers more than a few intriguing observations. Among them:
1. Just for comparison: the 2012-13 cap was $70.2 million, similar to what we're expecting next season. Chicago won with its top-three salaried players (Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews) taking 26 per cent. Kane and Toews can be extended this summer, with the new deals beginning in 2015-16. That percentage is going to go up, but by how much? They took almost $5 million less than Crosby/Malkin per season on their second deals, critical to their second Stanley Cup (and maybe more). Western Conference opponents are expecting to deal with them for eight additional years. "I hope [their salary number] starts with a nine," one rival exec laughed.
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I can't say that I was thrilled with Don Cherry's Coach's Corner this afternoon. Cherry discussed the first period of the Canadiens-Rangers game, analyzing the Rangers' play and some of the "rough stuff" going on, and after a lovely little Ginette Reno retrospective...
He spent a significant amount of time suggesting that Milan Lucic "shouldn't have done" what he did, especially given the legal ramifications of what he said, but then Cherry suggested that Lucic's actions were understandable and forgiveable. Moreover, Cherry claims one cannot prove that Lucic said he was going to kill anyone on TV, despite the fact that the entire English-speaking world could lip-read exactly that. Moreover, Cherry suggested that Lucic's passion in general is admirable as admirable can be:
Cherry's also a big Memorial Cup fan, but as the host London Knights lost the tournament-opener to a Quebec-based team with two Quebec-born players starring in goaltender Antoine Bibeau and forward Anthony Mantha...There wasn't "time" for any highlights.
When hockey moves at the speed of Twitter, funny things happen--and not "funny ha." After the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins, I watched the handshake line on the CBC, and saw it jerk and pause (this video comes from Pro Hockey Talk's Ryan Dadoun):
Almost immediately, there were questions, because the line paused twice--when Milan Lucic passed Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin--and then, with the Bruins and Habs' media being the Bruins' and Habs' media...
Montreal Canadiens forward and Boston Bruins forward both played for the Vancouver Giants but at different times.
NEW YORK (April 19, 2014) – Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been fined $5,000 for spearing Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser during Game 1 of the teams’ First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series in Boston on Friday, April 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 19:55 of the second period. No penalty was assessed on the play.
The fine money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
added 3:35pm, Lucic talks about the incident below...
I guess the NHL's annual start-of-the-playoffs crackdown on horizontal stick fouls only counts regarding obstruction and interference, not spearing, stick-swinging or otherwise using one's stick as an instrument of torture.
As noted in the Wings-Bruins quick take, @myregularface showed Milan Lucic spearing Danny DeKeyser in the groin...
And during tonight's Ducks-Stars game, Corey Perry did this to Jamie Benn, per The Score and TSN...
Milan Lucic had some works for Alexei Emelin post-game regarding this hip-check.
via Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
As has come to be the norm in the NHL, Emelin’s clean hit drew a retaliatory assault from Zdeno Chara. And late in the game, Lucic speared Emelin from behind – a cheap shot described as a “love tap” by the cretinous P.J. Stock, who is ruining L’Antichambre for me.
Of course, Emelin’s refusal to “answer the bell” will be highlighted this Saturday on Coach’s Corner – the more so because bashing a Russian will take Cherry’s increasingly enfeebled mind off the late-season collapse of his beloved Leafs.
watch the spear below...
The best thing I can say about this hit Milan Lucic delivered to Alexei Emelin, as noted by Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker, is that this is a textbook "he hit the dude in the numbers and then the head" hit, the kind that the Department of Player Safety tends to illustrate as a no-no.
The fact that Emelin wasn't hurt plays in Lucic's favor, but I'd imagine the fact that Lucic scored en route to the Bruins' 4-1 win adds insult to lack of injury:
I can already hear Don Cherry getting ready to defend "Loosick's" hit if this one registers on the NHL's radar.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The Vancouver native called the incident “an unprovoked attack” and said that he’s following up on with the authorities in his hometown. He also expressed exasperation at the treatment he’s received there over the last few years.
He said he was struck once inside a nightclub, and then outside a nightclub when “he was trying to get food.”
The only “no comment” he gave was when he was asked whether the assailant said anything about him being a member of the Bruins before striking him, but otherwise the B’s power forward was as candid as always.
“I was part of an unprovoked attack on Saturday night where I was punched in the face on two separate occasions," said Lucic, who explained that he did not know his attacker. "There was no reason for him to punch me. From this point forward we’re exploring this in a legal manner. That’s as much as I can say about it right now.
“It sucks to be in that situation, but you’ve got to take ownership of it and that it happened because you were in that situation. We came off a good road trip, and wanted to go out and blow off some steam . . . have a little fun. Unfortunately it ended the way it did, and hopefully it’s not a distraction to the team any further after today.”
via CTV British Columbia,
A video has surfaced of Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic apparently involved in a scuffle outside of a downtown Vancouver nightclub.
In the video (warning: foul language), which was reportedly filmed Saturday, Lucic and another man exchange words in front of Vancouver police, who had arrived on scene.
“You know who you’re f**ing with mother f**er?” Lucic asks the other man. “I’ll f**ing kill you.”
“He hit me three times,” the power forward tells the officer on scene. No fighting can actually be seen in the video.
Another man in the background pipes up, yelling “Milan Lucic is beyond good right now!”
Watch the video below and note, f-bombs being tossed left and right...
Lucic played 3 on 3 OT hockey while playing for the Coquitlam Express.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
“You feel like it’s almost fitting that it ends that way, rather in the shootout. It’s definitely something I would be in favor of,” said Lucic. “A five minute 4-on-4 and then a five minute 3-on-3 would be really exciting, and cool to watch. Hopefully they do something where we can get it done in overtime rather than a shootout.
“I remember that nobody ever came off the ice and was like ‘that’s so stupid that we lost it 3-on-3’ [when they got back to the dressing room]. Your chances were always pretty good to score. It was just a matter of who was going to score first.”
What was the 3-on-3 session like?
“It was just back-and-forth: chance after chance after chance,” said Lucic. “It becomes almost like pond hockey, run-and-gun type style. It definitely settles the score. I think maybe it’s 60/40 with the [players] that want to see an improvement in the [overtime/shootout] area.
“We’ll see what the geniuses of hockey come up with. I’m all for making a change... Even if it’s a ten-minute 4-on-4 that would make it better and more exciting. I just think it’s more fitting to have a game end that way rather than in a shootout.”
Then we have this and if you read between the lines, it may be a compensation issue...
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Lucic seemed to be making reference to a different set of rules for the NHL’s young stars when wondering why he was hit with a misconduct for a little pushing and shoving without throwing punches. Against an ordinary NHL plumber, Lucic wouldn’t expect any extra penalties in that type of exchange....
“[It was] just the grab from behind and the face ...just an altercation,” said Lucic, when asked started things between the two players. “I bet you if I would have pushed [Patrick] Bordeleau at the end of it, I don’t get ten minutes. So that’s what it is ...it is what it is.”
Bordeleau, of course, is the 6-foot-6 player that took a run at Dennis Seidenberg in the second period, and ended up dropping the gloves with Shawn Thornton in a brief, uneventful fight following the body check.
It seemed Landeskog had initiated the entire exchange by grabbing Lucic’s head from behind in a scrum in front of the net, but then twice the Bruins power forward threw the Avs youngster to the ice. Lucic had quickly tossed his gloves to the ice looking for a fight with the 205-pound winger, but Landeskog wanted no part of the fracas with one of the NHL’s most fearsome forwards.
Below is the game highlights via Sportsnet and does include the tussle...
from Mark Masters of TSN,
Inside the Boston Bruins locker room, it's not uncommon to hear winger Milan Lucic referred to as "Bob." As in Bob McKenzie. Apparently the NHL power forward and NHL on TSN Hockey Insider have a lot in common.
"Oh yeah, yeah, it's something that's very well known in our room," said a smiling Brad Marchand, who, like Lucic, was invited to this week's Hockey Canada orientation camp.
Lucic has earned the comparison for a number of reasons. For one, he seems to have a scouting report on every player in the league filed away in his brain. Also, he is knowledgeable about the history of the game. But, mostly, he can recite statistics on command.
"I think [Bruins coach] Claude [Julien] may even throw some statistics out, which Looch corrects him on," said Marchand. "He knows everything and you just don't want to argue with him when he speaks."