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Kypreos: NHL will fine Milan Lucic for his spear on Red Wings’ Danny DeKeyser, but won’t suspend him
by George Malik on 04/19/14 at 11:16 AM ET
Updated 4x at 2:09 PM:
Updated with some...odd...commentary from Lucic at 1:18 PM: Per Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos:
The Boston Globe's Amalie Benjamin described the jab as follows...
There was an ugly moment for the Bruins at the end of the second period. It appeared that Milan Lucic speared Danny DeKeyser from behind. Lucic was not available postgame
Again, @myregularface posted a .gif of the spear (please note: posting the image does not equal endorsement thereof, so please stop harassing her on Twitter, Steph's good people), and it's worth noting (as pointed out last night) that TSN's Bob McKenzie may feel that "You Can't Do That," but he did note that there's no precedent for policing such incidents--especially where Lucic is concerned--this year:
I guess this became an issue, per the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:
My point about #RedWings, lucic. If they do not respond for dekeyser now, next is targeting datsyuk's head, zetterberg's back. DETERRENCE.
Meh. Quoting the Red Wings' coach, who spoke with Fox Sports Detroit's Trevor Thompson last night, one does not poke a team of angry bears:
When asked whether the play should be reviewed: "That's what the league does."
My opinion on Lucic: you've got to play hard between the whistles, but you don't want to engage the Bruins at "their game." They're driven to distract the Wings, and at present, they're doing a fine job of distracting themselves, a la Anaheim, with their preoccupation with physical play. Let them continue to worry about being assholes.
The only thing more disgusting than the behavior SHOULD be Don Cherry's predictable defense thereof--and that should be it.
In playoff hockey, you certainly utilize your opportunities to deliver clean, hard and sometimes aggravating hits between the whistles, if not a not-so-clean jab or two after them, but you don't "go looking" for retaliation for the sake of retaliation.
That's Bruins hockey, not Red Wings hockey.
Update: Erm, uh...
Claude Julien, dick:
BRUINS’ LUCIC FINED $5,000 FOR SPEARING
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.
And from the Free Press's Helene St. James:
Lucic got away with the cheap shot of Friday’s Game 1 when he stuck his stick between the legs of Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser and tugged upwards near the end of the second period. Speaking today after a practice at TD Garden to prepare for Game 2 of the first round series — the Wings lead, 1-0 — Lucic was candid about what he did.
“It was kind of a heat of the moment thing when you’re not thinking and you do something like that,” he said. “I’ve been in the league for seven years and I think I’ve only done that three times. I don’t know why I did it.
“I believe in playing within the rules, and for me, I definitely won’t be heading down that road again.”
Lucic was not penalized at the time, and there’s no harsh discipline on the horizon. “There’s no hearing, but I have to call in,” he said. “We’ll see what happens from that standpoint.”
Update #4: Hmm, part 1:
And, via WEEI's DJ Bean, HMMMMMM...
Prior to the news of the fine, Lucic said he didn’t know why he committed the cheap shot.
“Obviously, it was kind of a heat of the moment thing when you’re not thinking and you do something like that,” Lucic said Saturday. “I’ve been in the league for seven years now. I think I’ve only done that three times. I don’t know I did it, but like I said, it’s one of the heat-of-the-moment that unfortunately I did. I believe in playing within the rules. For me, I definitely won’t be headed down that rode again.”
Asked if the fact that he’s now done it twice in such a short period of time should earn him a reputation, Lucic said he still feels he’s an honest player.
“I never do that. I haven’t done that but unfortunately I’ve done it twice in the little bit here,” Lucic said. “I’m not going to make it a habit. I don’t know why I did it both times, but it’s not going to be a habit of mine. Like I said, I believe in playing between the rules the right way and that’s what I’ll continue to do moving forward.”
While Lucic’s action — and the fact that it’s become a habit — was really bad, it is true that such spears have happened over the years and may not have even gotten a second look years ago. Lucic said it’s happened to him before.
“It happens more times than not,” Lucic said. “But with how much video there is today, it’s a lot harder to get away with.”
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