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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.

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Cherry curses(?) Vanek, praises Crawford and discusses Lucic—again—on Coach’s Corner

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.

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Friedman talks cap conundrums, Pens, managerial compensation, John Gibson and Babs in 30 Thoughts

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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Cherry ponders Habs-Rangers game, suggests that Lucic’s actions were fueled by passion

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.

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Lucic, Weise and sweet handshake line nothings

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...

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Video- Inside Hockey With A Look At Brendan Gallagher And Milan Lucic

via CBC,

Montreal Canadiens forward and Boston Bruins forward both played for the Vancouver Giants but at different times.

 

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Milan Lucic Fined $5K For Spearing Incident

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.

watch the spear here...

added 3:35pm, Lucic talks about the incident below...

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Lucic spears DeKeyser, Perry spears Benn, Daley sits on Perry, Yahtzee

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...

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Videos- Lucic On Emelin

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.

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Milan Lucic with the ‘you can’t do that’ of the night

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.

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Lucic On The Incident In Vancouver

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.”

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Milan Lucic Caught On Tape After Apparent Bar Fight

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...

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Lucic Talks 3-on-3 Hockey

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.”

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Then we have this and if you read between the lines, it may be a compensation issue...

 

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Lucic Questions His Ten Minute Misconduct Penalty

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.

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Below is the game highlights via Sportsnet and does include the tussle...

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Milan Lucic- Stats Man

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."

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Lucic A Healthy Scratch?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

If, as expected, Boston Bruins power forward Milan Lucic has not merely played his way down the lineup but out of it altogether, there could hardly be a more stark illustration of the concerns facing the team as it prepares for the postseason.

Although coach Claude Julien would not confirm that Lucic will be a healthy scratch Friday night when the Bruins play host to the scorching-hot Pittsburgh Penguins, his use of Lucic during practice Thursday at the team's suburban facility suggests Lucic will be the odd man out.

Even Lucic seemed resigned to the fact his poor play could see him in a suit and tie instead of suiting up for what many view as a possible Eastern Conference finals preview, something that would have been unthinkable the past two seasons as he scored a combined 56 goals and established himself as a player with a rare blend of snarl and skill.

A contrite Lucic talked about a confidence level that has sunk to levels he hasn't experienced in years and the need to stop looking in any direction other than within for answers.

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Video- Alexei Emelin Tries To Hit Milan Lucic, Ends Up Injured

Emelin had to be helped off the ice and no update on his status.

 

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Video- Milan Lucic Takes On Mike Komisarek

Jack Edwards in his “mode” with the call.

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Lucic’s Game Won’t Change After Suspension

from Joe Haggerty of NESN,

“We’re going to make sure we let him know that we don’t want him to change his style,” said Claude Julien. “The suspension was because of different things. One was a playoff thing that had nothing do with a hit, and the other was a collision with Miller that maybe when they looked back on it they felt like they should have called him for that. Maybe if it had it would have diminished this last [suspension], but we’re just going to ask him to go out and play.

“We’re a physical team and we don’t want that to creep out of our game. The NHL doesn’t want that element to creep out of that game either. We want to manage it the best way we can, but you certainly don’t want players playing afraid to finish off their checks.” 

On the other hand, Lucic can’t turn his back from the player that leads the Bruins with 73 registered hits this season either. The power forward has led the Bruins over the past four years with 751 registered hits while averaging 188 body checks per season over that four season span that includes an injury-plagued season two years ago.

That’s a ton of demolition derby style hockey hits without any suspensions or egregious acts to injure fellow players, so there’s plenty of evidence that Lucic is doing things the right way.

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Lucic Suspended One Game

via James Duthie tweet,

Lucic suspended one game

You can watch the hit on Rinaldo here if you need a refresher.

added 3:00pm, Shanahan explains the suspension below…

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Video- Lucic Explains The Hit On Rinaldo

from NESN,

Milan Lucic received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Zac Rinaldo late in the second period on Saturday, and he could find himself in another meeting with Brendan Shanahan.

Lucic explained the hit after the game.

continue or watch the video which contains the hit…

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Video- Gaustad Takes On Lucic

Jack Edwards with the call and the Rick Jeanneret version is below…

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Shanahan Missed The Call

Kerry Fraser of TSN answers some emails regarding the Lucic hit on Miller.

I have been a strong advocate of the work that Shanny has been doing to this point of the season with supplementary discipline but I have to disagree with his ruling on this one.

I believe he really missed this call and has sent the wrong message. Like it or not, goalies enjoy preferred treatment similar to endangered species in the wild; at least up until this latest decision. It would now appear they are subjected to the same rules as any other player once they leave the “protection of their nest!” Lindy Ruff has every right to call foul on this non suspension. Milan Lucic should have been suspended for the next two (2) games.

I attended a meeting one summer with team general managers and coaches to discuss various topics on the game. A hot topic on the agenda was protection of the goalkeepers. It was generally agreed that goalies deserved preferential treatment and marked “untouchable” for a variety of reasons. (Rule 42-charging- pretty much makes goalies immune to body contact from opposing players.)

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You Make The Call- Does Lucic Get Suspended For Hit On Miller?

added 3:35pm, No suspension or fine for Lucic.


from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres got savaged in the North American media and on the Internet on Sunday for not responding to Milan Lucic’s bulldozing of Ryan Miller on Saturday night in Boston. They apparently heard about it in strong terms as well from coach Lindy Ruff and General Manager Darcy Regier during a meeting Sunday in the Bell Centre.

And things took on a much more ominous tone later in the evening, when Regier told The Buffalo News that Miller has a concussion and will be out an undetermined period.

Regier is adamant Lucic should be suspended for the hit. Lucic will have a hearing today at 1 p.m. to discuss the first-period play in which Miller was knocked to the ice and his helmet was knocked off.

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You can read the NHL rule, Contact Outside the Goal Crease below and in case you missed or need to watch the play again, check it out here.

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Evening Line

“I just stuck around because I wanted to say what a piece of [feces] I think Lucic is. Fifty pounds on me, and he runs me like that? It’s unbelievable. Everyone in this city see him as a big, tough, solid player. I respected him for how hard he plays. That was gutless. Gutless. Piece of [feces].”

-Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres talking about the hit (video) he received from Boston’s Milan Lucic.  More from John Vogl of Sabres Edge.

added 1:43am 11/13/11, Watch the video below as Miller comments on Lucic.

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Video- Lucic With An Open-Ice Hit On Ryan Miller

Milan Lucic was assessed two minutes for charging.

added 8:40pm, Buffalo TV crew reacts to the hit below…

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Lucic Involved In Yelling Match With Girlfriend

from Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa with Megan Johnson of the Inside Track at the Boston Herald,

Stanley Cup hero Milan Lucic was questioned by police early yesterday after he and his girlfriend got into an altercation in the North End.

According to a police report of the incident, the Bruins left winger was “highly intoxicated and hostile” after he and his galpal argued outside a Starbucks on Commercial Street shortly before 1:30 a.m.

Witnesses told police the 6-foot-4, 220-pound hockey player was yelling at his girlfriend, who was on the ground, and at one point threw her shoes and purse at her. However, the woman told police she was not physically assaulted and “was adamant about not being harmed,” the report states. Police “did not observe any visible injuries,” the report says, and Lucic was not charged.

Bruins spokesman Matt Chmura confirmed that the team was “aware of an incident that took place in the North End early Tuesday morning involving Milan Lucic.”

“We are addressing the matter internally,” Chmura said. “At this time we have no further comment.”

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Game Day: Bruins Coach Julien, Lucic, Seguin, Thornton

COACH JULIEN

On being excited for Game 7 despite being focused…

There is no doubt that everybody is excited about this opportunity. But like you said you got to stay the course. I think it’s served us well. Our group right now seems calm and focused and ready to do the job. Our team if it gets stressed out has never performed well so I don’t expect us or I don’t want us to go out there stressed out. I expect our team to go out there excited and determined to do the job. So far I haven’t seen anything different than that.

On what the most important thing is for the team to focus on tonight…
Lots of energy, energy so that we can focus on putting pucks in deep and forechecking and the physicality of our game, the fact that we need to get to the front of the net like we’ve done every time that we’ve had success. If we can do that again, offensively our game is going to be a lot better. I don’t have much complaints about our defensive game here in Vancouver but certainly our offensive game has got to be better today.

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Bruins Today: Q&As with Ryder, Bergeron, Lucic, and Others

Today’s transcripts of Q&As with Michael Ryder, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell and Andrew Ference.

MICHAEL RYDER

Q.  The suspension for Rome’s four games, does that surprise you?  Do you think that’s just?
MICHAEL RYDER:  Well, it was a League decision that came out just then.  I guess we heard the same time you guys did.  It’s their decision, and that’s it.

Q.  Are you satisfied?
MICHAEL RYDER:  Well, you know, Horty is a big part of our team.  He’s been huge for us all season in the playoffs.  We’re definitely going to miss him.

It’s not my call how many games Rome gets or whatever.  The league just decided that four was it.  Everybody is going to have to deal with that.

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Is It Time We Put An End To the Finger Taunting?

I vote yes!

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Game 2 Post-Game: Bruins Transcripts/Interview

NOTE: Milan Lucic, Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron videos added down below.

Transcripts and video from the Bruins. First, Tim Thomas on video:

Next, coach Claude Julien, transcription:

Q.  Why was it Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference to start in overtime?
COACH JULIEN:  Because we don’t know who they’re going to put on. They got the last change.  It’s a pretty normal thing.

Q.  It’s two games in a row now where they were able to exert their will,  take over in the third period.  How alarming is that for you right now?

 

 

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Friday Bruins Transcript: Chara and Lucic

Q.  Everyone is talking about creating more traffic in front of Luongo there.  You seem to present the size.  How much more help do you need of guys getting in his face?

ZDENO CHARA:  I think it’s got to be a commitment from everybody, be willing to do that job, not just on power-plays.  Obviously, five-on-five, whatever situation that is.

Q.  Z, can you talk about on the power-play screening the goaltender, talk about the specific skills besides blocking the view of the goalie?

ZDENO CHARA:  I think it’s a combination of being aware of where the puck is, obviously you have to be in the right position.  Really, it’s just basically having the right instinct, where your feel the puck’s going to be, kind of predict a little bit, too.

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Video- Lucic Gets 5 And A Game For This Hit

Deserving for this hit on Jaroslav Spacek tonight?

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Bruins Waiting for Lucic to Step Up

From Chris Stevenson via the Toronto Sun:

He’s gone 14 games now since scoring his last goal.

It’s a bit of a story that the Bruins could be tied in the series with nothing from their big gun.

“We’ve won the last two games and in the playoffs, the only thing that matters is wins and losses,” said Lucic. “I’m not happy with the way I’m playing and I know I can bring a lot more. For now, I have to stop thinking negatively about what I’ve done wrong and think about what I can do right.

“I’ve always put pressure on myself and never had a problem dealing with pressure in the playoffs. I’ve just got to go out there and bring what I can bring.”

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In Montreal, the questions all surround Carey Price: “It’s Price vs. Thomas. Best of three. Could we ask for a better end to this series?”

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Video- Now This Is A Fight - Rosehill vs. Lucic

Jay Rosehill of the Leafs takes on Milan Lucic of the Bruins.

Not many fights these days catch my eye, but this on tonight did.

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Lucic Fined $3500 For Punch & Obscene Gesture

(Boston) - Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement regarding the NHL’s disciplinary hearing with forward Milan Lucic:

“The NHL has informed us that Milan will not be suspended as a result of the match penalty assessed to him during our game against the Thrashers last Thursday. He will be fined $2,500 for the punch thrown in the scrum and $1,000 for making an obscene gesture directed at the Thrashers bench. He will join the team on the flight to Florida and be available for Monday’s game against the Panthers.”

The match penalty was assessed to Lucic at 15:54 of the third period in the Bruins/Thrashers game on Thursday, December 23. The hearing was held via teleconference on Sunday, December 26.

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How Is Lucic Doing?

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

The 22-year-old Lucic said he is fine now, and he is optimistic he’ll remain so. But he stopped short of expressing certainty where the troublesome ankle is concerned.

“It feels better,” Lucic said. “I can skate on it now without tape on it. It feels strong. I’ve been on the ice now for almost a month. I’m definitely feeling good about it, feeling pretty confident with the ankle that it will hold up all year and I can put whatever happened last year behind me. Hopefully there’ll be no problems with it. I’ve still got to do my exercises with it to keep it strong.”

After Lucic was hurt last November, he was warned it could take a year and a half before his ankle was truly at 100 percent. The injury nagged him throughout last season. He missed a total of 32 games because of injuries and posted just 9-11-20 totals in 50 appearances.

“It’s frustrating when you have an injury like this, where even when you do come back, it’s still not 100 percent,” Lucic said. “Every time you make a little move or turn it the wrong way you feel it. That was the frustrating part. It stops you from doing what you do the best. Hopefully I don’t have to deal with any of that this year and I can just focus on playing my game.

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Lucic Delivers

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Lucic hasn’t been horrible this season, but he hasn’t been anywhere near the tower of glower and power that he was his first two seasons in Black and Gold. A broken finger and an ankle sprain deprived him of two critical tools — the finger cutting back on his fight game, the ankle diminishing his skating game.

The day before Game 6 of the first-round series against Buffalo, coach Claude Julien said Lucic just had “to get his head around things.’’ In other words, it was time for the big lug to start moving his feet, smacking people into the boards, getting back in touch with the inner beast that unexpectedly won him a spot on the Boston roster in his first training camp in September 2007.

Lucic was far more himself last night, even before the nifty dipsy-doodle in the slot, the quick half slap, the delightful dance amid the roar of the building. He finished with two shots and three hits, and linemates David Krejci and Miroslav Satan combined for 3 points.

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Did Milan Lucic Quit During This Fight With Colton Orr?

Don Cherry thinks so.

Watch the fight, then Cherry’s comments follow.

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Lucic Playing But Not Up To His Standards

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“I am definitely not where I want to be or should be,’’ said Lucic, the left wing on a line with center Marc Savard, just returning from the disabled list, and ex-Sabre Miroslav Satan. “I would expect a lot more from myself, and I’m hoping maybe Savvy gives me a boost.’’

Count Lucic among those who believe he must do a better job generating speed to carry out heavy hits and be a force around the net.

“I know I’m not moving my feet like I can, like I have, and I’ve got to get over that,’’ he said. “I have to move my feet like I used to. I mean, that’s how I’ve been successful before, outracing guys to puck and pounding the boards. I have to be harder on myself.’’

Lucic broke a finger earlier this season, requiring surgery. The combination of fractured finger and testy ankle has hindered his effectiveness. His game has needed time.

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Lucic Out With High Ankle Sprain

via Boston Bruins Twitter,

Chiarelli: high ankle sprain for Lucic. Out for four weeks. Maybe less.

added 11:37am, More on the injury from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe.

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Lucic On LTIR

via Neil Keefe of NESN,

Milan Lucic will have to wait a little longer to make good on the three-year contract extension he recently signed. The Bruins placed Lucic on long-term injured reserve with a broken finger on Sunday and recalled forwards Guillaume Lefebvre, Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka from the Providence Bruins.

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Lucic Contract Has Lockout Protection

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

More people probably raised eyebrows at the fact that a player who scores, on average, one goal every four-plus games somehow merited an almost 500 percent raise. (Sure the guy brings intangibles, but geez, $4 million worth of intangibles?)

It’s amazing this contract passed the desk of notorious skin-flint and ownership hawk Jeremy Jacobs. Because, what the Bruins did, in effect, was help Lucic have a little more resolve if there is another lockout.

That’s because the $1 million bonus is due to be paid July 1, 2012. For those of you not keeping score, that could very well be a couple of months before another labor disruption. The current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2011-12 season, but the players have the option of extending it for another year, which means it could very well come to an end after that season.

So if the owners lock the players out the way they did in 2004, Lucic will at least have $1 million in his pocket to get him through the lean times. You have to think the NHL isn’t crazy about teams giving their players lockout protection.

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Lucic Extended By Bruins

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed forward Milan Lucic to a three-year contract extension through the 2012-13 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

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Lucic Suspended For One Game

via NHL.com,

TORONTO  - Boston Bruins’ forward Milan Lucic has been suspended for one game as a result of a blow to the head in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series last night against the Montreal Canadiens.

Lucic was assessed a match penalty for highsticking Montreal forward Maxim Lapierre at 15:28 of the third period.   

“While it is unclear whether Lucic’s glove or stick makes contact with Lapierre, what is clear is that he delivered a reckless and forceful blow to the head of his opponent,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.

In case you missed the incident, watch it here...

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Lucic With A Crosscheck To The Head

Milan Lucic with a crosscheck to the head of Maxim Lapierre.

added 10:36am, According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Lucic has a hearing with the NHL today.

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Bruins Handle Habs

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

Lucic might not have had much to say about the bout, but he certainly reacted on the ice with unbridled emotion - waving his arms in triumph and pounding the glass as the crowd went nuts.

“It’s just excitement,” said Lucic, downplaying the display. “When the fans are screaming and they’re pumped up, it gets you more pumped up. That’s just the adrenaline going through me.”

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Lucic At Home

from Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province,

Milan Lucic isn’t getting caught up in how much he seems to be catching on in the hockey world.

The burly Boston Bruins winger is hot off a hat trick Saturday. His glass-shattering check on Mike Van Ryn from Thursday is still on the minds of many, evidenced by the fact that, as of Monday afternoon, it had been viewed more than 500,000 times on YouTube.

And Lucic, 20, who leads the Bruins against the Canucks tonight in his first NHL game at GM Place, has marquee sportscasters and columnists stating that he’s the next big thing in Beantown.

continued and if you missed the hit on Van Ryan, you can see it here...

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Milan Lucic Checks Mike Van Ryn;  The Glass is Not Happy

From HockeyFights.com:

Milan Lucic threw a big hit on Mike Van Ryn, shattering the glass, and cementing the two of them on this season’s highlight reel.

Update 1:18am ET— In the Metro West Daily News, a quote from Lucic:

“It felt kind of weird because you usually just bounce off the boards and this time you went through.”

 

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Lucic’s Great Expectations

From Matt Kalman at the New England Hockey Journal,

imageToday after [Milan] Lucic and more than two dozen Bruins veterans, rookies and prospects took part in an hour-long captains’ practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, the rugged left winger explained how this year is different from last year.

“Obviously, it’s a little bit different because you kind of know what to expect going into your second season,” said Lucic, whose play in last year’s training camp forced the Bruins to make the decision not to send him back to junior hockey. “And I think, obviously, the first season went pretty well for me and you just want to build on it, try to get better and better. That’s a big thing for me, just to get better every day.”

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Lucic was also featured prominently earlier this week when he modeled the new Bruins 3rd jerseys. More on that at Icethetics and Hub Hockey, the source of the photo.

 

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