April 26, 2011
Game 6 of the Boston Bruins' series with the Montreal Canadiens took an unexpected turn at 4:37 of the second period when Milan Lucic(notes) hit Habs defenseman Jaroslav Spacek(notes) from behind, earning a 5-minute boarding major and a game misconduct.
Spacek left the game for a bit but returned in the second period, and was taking regular shifts in the third. Patrice Bergeron(notes) took a puck over the glass penalty 16 seconds aftet Lucic's ejection. Brian Gionta(notes) scored on the 5-on-3 at 5:48 to give the Canadiens a 2-1 lead.
Thoughts on the hit? Agree with the major? Should there be anything else for Lucic from the League? We'll say this: The Spacek's damage on the hit influenced the penalty, there wasn't an intent to injure (i.e. leaving the skates) and that's a hell of a call to make in an elimination game.
Montreal won the game, 2-1, forcing a Game 7 on Wednesday night.
UPDATE: Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos reports that Milan Lucic will not be suspended for his boarding major on Jaroslav Spacek and will play in Game 7. [@RealKyper]