April 19, 2009
Earlier today, Boston Bruins Coach Claude Julien believed he'd have Milan Lucic for Game 3 against the Montreal Canadiens despite his bruising winger receiving a match penalty in Game 2 for high-sticking Maxim Lapierre.
This evening, the NHL reviewed the following incident and suspended Lucic for one game:
From the NHL:
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.
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.
Lucic's suspension will be served on Monday night when the Bruins meet the Canadiens in Game Three of the series.
TSN is reporting that the Bruins submitted a video to the League that purportedly showed a glove, rather than a stick, striking Lapierre first. The NHL obviously believes that intent is intent.
Hub Hockey makes the case that you rarely see a player suspended for what amounts to a punch to the face. But that would assume the NHL's disciplinary system has some modicum of consistency or integrity.