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A…different…take on the Lucic-DeKeyser incident

Despite my protestations to the contrary, I was pretty dang happy with the Red Wings' 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Friday, and I was also pretty dang happy with the fact that the Wings did not react to the Bruins' "truculence," including this gem from Milan Lucic:


As Mike Babcock told Fox Sports Detroit's Trevor Thompson when asked whether the play should be reviewed: "That's what the league does."

The rest of the league takes notice, however, and Boston.com's Bruins Blog's Jerard Fagerberg has become a figure of some reknown for suggesting that Lucic's play was simply part of "playoff hockey":

Granted, it wasn't fair for Looch to mortgage DeKeyser's future kids to gain the mental edge but, especially when you're playing a team as composed and systemic as Detroit, getting in the other team's head is a game-changing intangible.

Goading. Antagonization. Retaliation. These are all aspects of the game that get amplified when you're playing the same guys night in and night out. Call it cheap. Call it troglodyte gutter politics, but the fact is that, when you're in the hunt, tempers run hot, and there's no such thing as a short memory.

Detroit, which finished dead last in the league with only nine major penalties in 2013-14, is one of the most disciplined teams in the NHL. Their success hinges on it. When they lose their composure, they fall apart - which was something that the Chicago Blackhawks discovered and exploited in the Western Conference Quarterfinals last year. They flipped the turtle on its back, and it put their series in their hands.

And that's what it'll take for the Bruins to get past the Red Wings in this series.

Lucic doesn't exactly have a Lady Byng reputation, but giving someone the business when the ref is up ice is all in the game. One thing is for sure - DeKeyser will be playing with his head on a swivel when No. 17 is on the ice, and that's an important advantage when your team is struggling to find the score sheet.

I'll refrain comment. All I'm gonna say is that the league will review it, that DeKeyser's fine and that the Wings won the game. The rest of this stuff isn't what the Wings preoccupy themselves with, and I respect that philosophy...

But there is no doubt that the Bruins' personnel reflects a different point of view.

Update: For what it's worth, TSN's Aaron Ward feels that Lucic and Perry's spears were poor, but Bob McKenzie notes that the NHL has not fined or suspended Lucic for previous infractions.

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SYF's avatar

When they lose their composure, they fall apart - which was something that the Chicago Blackhawks discovered and exploited in the Western Conference Quarterfinals last year. They flipped the turtle on its back, and it put their series in their hands.

And that’s what it’ll take for the Bruins to get past the Red Wings in this series.

And, JFC, he’s presuming the Wings haven’t learned anything from that experience?  Holy hell, I guffawed.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/18/14 at 11:27 PM ET

awould's avatar

I doubt dekeyser will be too worried. Detroit is good at letting other teams take themselves out of the game. And I disagree with this guy’s take on how the Hawks won the series last year.

Posted by awould on 04/18/14 at 11:30 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Agree, awould.  This is a much different Wings team than last year.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/18/14 at 11:35 PM ET

TEMO's avatar

Lucic should keep his head on a swivel for #55

Posted by TEMO from LANSING, MICHIGAN, U.S.A. on 04/18/14 at 11:40 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Boston.com’s Bruins Blog’s Jerard Fagerberg has become a figure of some reknown for suggesting that Lucic’s play was simply part of “playoff hockey”:


But he’ll be the first screaming for Kronwall’s head after he sends Lucic off to Havlatia to count butterflies

 

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/19/14 at 12:09 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Hard to believe anyone would even try to justify that crap.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/19/14 at 12:16 AM ET

perfection's avatar

whatever… scoreboard

I want to be the fan version of how the Wings are playing… cool as ice. I’m drinking Babcock’s koolaid. Try and stir us up (on the ice or in the press or on your blog) and we nod slightly, we know we got you, and it’s business as usual. No retaliation. Nothing. Let’s just put em on the golf course ASAP. That’s it. Score one more than them four times. They can talk about what is and isn’t “playoff” hockey all they want. Loser talk. We are focused. We have a system. You can’t crack it. The Bruins and Brickley and their fans will have a long summer to talk about how this is the main mark Lucic made in their lone series.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/19/14 at 12:22 AM ET

Chet's avatar

classic. they played the hawks in the semis. who writes this guy’s checks?

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 04/19/14 at 12:57 AM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

whatever… scoreboard

What he said.
Kinda funny that the big bad Bruins need to use chicken shit tactics. Bush league is as bush league does.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/19/14 at 08:18 AM ET

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The NHL is guilty of protecting its players from tactics that simply have no place in the game. This was not about retrieving the puck, this was not about a dirty hit on him…this was bash league behaviour and the league itself is bush league if it allows this to go unpunished.

Personally, I believe that if a player deliberately attempts to injure another player, he should be suspended for at least 1 game. That the NHL will probably not even review it…is an appalling level of hypocrisy on the league’s part, but not unexpected given their inconsistent reaction to past incidents.

Posted by NewfieWing on 04/19/14 at 09:25 AM ET

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If that was part of playoff hockey, then everyone on the Wings needs to hit Lucic in the nuts with their sticks.

Posted by Howdy Gordie on 04/19/14 at 09:35 AM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Colin Campbell’s son Gregory plays for the Bruins.  Lucic has not been suspended for previous genital spearing. Nothing will happen.

Hope the Bruins, mostly, Marchand and Lucic keep playing like dimwits and the Wings PP makes them pay.  Bruins PK is #1 this season, so it will be tough.

Hope Wings can score a few more 5 on 5.  Mule shouldn’t get an assist on the amazing goal by Pavel. Horrible pass.  Goal Datsyuk, Assists Datsyuk and Datsyuk

Loved the near 60 min effort by the Wings and Babs Game Plan.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/19/14 at 10:17 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

^^ Good point. Franzen looks SO MUCH BETTER on a stat sheet than he does on a sheet of ice.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/19/14 at 10:48 AM ET

SnLO's avatar

Fox Sports Detroit’s Trevor Thompson when asked whether the play should be reviewed

Trevor asked Babcock if they would be sending the league a tape of the incident for review. In not so many words Babcock said no.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 04/19/14 at 11:51 AM ET

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i am a life long bruins fan, and Lucic needs to stop worrying so much about cheap shots and just start playing god damn hockey!!  Lucic was non exsistant last night, till late in the 3rd peroid when he tipped that shot that almost went in. He is so slow he almost forgets that he is a power forward!!  crash the net, dump and chase and punish those defenceman!!  if this doesn’t start happening soon, bye bye bruins!!

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Posted by toddyblogger on 04/19/14 at 01:40 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Mule shouldn’t get an assist on the amazing goal by Pavel. Horrible pass.  Goal Datsyuk, Assists Datsyuk and Datsyuk

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/19/14 at 11:17 AM ET

Mule deserves an assist for giving the Wings another opportunity to posterize Chara & the Bruins.

Posted by SK77 on 04/19/14 at 01:55 PM ET

MsRedWingFan's avatar

Bruins Blog’s Jerard Fagerberg - Detroit, which finished dead last in the league with only nine major penalties in 2013-14, is one of the most disciplined teams in the NHL. Their success hinges on it. When they lose their composure, they fall apart - which was something that the Chicago Blackhawks discovered and exploited in the Western Conference Quarterfinals last year. They flipped the turtle on its back, and it put their series in their hands.

oh puhhhhleaseeeee they didn’t lose their composure with Chitaco last season ...some of these writers obviously know nothing about Detroit Hockey

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 04/19/14 at 03:51 PM ET

MsRedWingFan's avatar

whatever… scoreboard

I want to be the fan version of how the Wings are playing… cool as ice. I’m drinking Babcock’s koolaid. Try and stir us up (on the ice or in the press or on your blog) and we nod slightly, we know we got you, and it’s business as usual. No retaliation. Nothing. Let’s just put em on the golf course ASAP. That’s it. Score one more than them four times. They can talk about what is and isn’t “playoff” hockey all they want. Loser talk. We are focused. We have a system. You can’t crack it. The Bruins and Brickley and their fans will have a long summer to talk about how this is the main mark Lucic made in their lone series.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/19/14 at 01:22 AM ET

  LOL  wink

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michigan hometown of Abdelkader on 04/19/14 at 03:52 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Lucic should keep his head on a swivel for #55

Let’s hope #55 lines Lucic up soon.lol

Posted by bigfrog on 04/19/14 at 07:43 PM ET

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