December 26, 2010
The hit that Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Freddy Meyer(notes) laid on Milan Lucic(notes) of the Boston Bruins on Thursday night was labeled "dirty" and a cheap shot" by head coach Claude Julien after the game. Lucic called it a "high hit" and noted it wasn't the first time that Meyer had a questionable hit on him.
But for Lucic, Meyer was given a pass and the Bruins forward was scheduled for a disciplinary hearing this morning for his match penalty at the end of the game.
Here's the hit and the aftermath from Thursday, which includes Lucic's punch while Meyer was being held by a linesman at the :38 mark, with better angle replay at 2:45:
Can all brawls be called by Jack Edwards, please?
Despite all that, no suspensions were handed out and only Lucic will be the one taking a hit to the wallet, according to a statement by Boston GM Peter Chiarelli.
"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."
During the 2009 playoffs, then-Carolina Hurricanes forward Scott Walker(notes) wasn't suspended for his sucker punch on Aaron Ward(notes), so we guess Lucic only getting fined is the consistency we're always looking for from the NHL's supplementary discipline process.