Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) celebrates his goal with fans as Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin (74) skates away during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Bruins won 5-3. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) celebrates his goal with fans as Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin (74) skates away during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Bruins won 5-3. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
The NHL's handshake line is one of sport's grand traditions, when, for one brief moment, there are no winners and losers – only gentlemen. Shortly after the final horn sounds, the two teams line up single-file at center ice and, regardless of what happened leading up to that moment, regardless of how they both got there, they shake, they congratulate one another, and they exude dignity and respect and general goodness.
Or they seize the moment to get up nice and close to the dudes they hate and threaten their lives, an approach that will henceforth be known as the "Milan Lucic". (And you thought to "Lucic" meant to attack someone's testicles from behind. If only he were still in the postseason. Who knows what other fun things it could mean if we had more time with him?)
After his Bruins were upset by the Montreal Canadiens in Wednesday night's Game 7, Milan Lucic acted like a man who was upset in the handshake line, threatening Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin. Here's video of an angry Lucic, pairing his handshakes with rage, like fine wine and steak.
When asked about what he said to Weise, Lucic explained that the real unsportsmanlike thing to do was talk about it.
“That’s said on the ice so it’ll stay on the ice, so if he wants to be a baby about it, he can make it public,” Lucic said.
Unfortunately for Lucic, Weise did want to be a baby about it, probably because he didn't have any respect for Lucic after Lucic opted not to show him any, but what do I know? Anyway. According to Weise, Lucic told him, "I'm going to [expletive] kill you next year." (Note: Journalist Bruce Arthur says Weise didn't officially "tell" him – he just guessed correctly.)
If Weise were quicker, he would have responded: "Cool. I'm going to go kill the Rangers, like, this weekend, because that's when I play hockey next." Or just pounded his chest.
In all seriousness, Lucic was hardly the first guy to forget his manners while shaking his enemies' hands. He won't be the last, either. And in the end, I think we can all agree that the real shame here is that we have to wait until next year to watch the Bruins and Canadiens play hockey again.
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