Rude gesture costs Bruins' Lucic

 

 
 
 
 
Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic reacts as he is escorted off the ice by linesman Michel Cormier after receiving a minor penalty in the final seconds of their game against the Montreal Canadiens during NHL hockey action Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Montreal. The Canadiens beat the Bruins 6-4.
 

Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic reacts as he is escorted off the ice by linesman Michel Cormier after receiving a minor penalty in the final seconds of their game against the Montreal Canadiens during NHL hockey action Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Montreal. The Canadiens beat the Bruins 6-4.

Photograph by: Paul Chiasson, THE CANADIAN PRESS

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The Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher says Milan Lucic is a “good person” who occasionally loses it on the ice.

A Boston reporter says Lucic is a great interview, a player who steers away from clichés and offers intelligent insights into the game.

But the Milan Lucic who was on the ice at the Bell Centre Thursday night was a jerk, a selfish bully who cost the Boston Bruins an opportunity to tie a game against the Canadiens.

For 58-plus minutes, Lucic played hockey the way the game should be played. He used his size and strength to create scoring chances and picked up a couple of assists.

But with 1:20 to play, the Lucic Montreal fans have come to know and hate surfaced. He took a run at Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin along the boards. Emelin saw Lucic coming and ducked. The result was that while Lucic got a piece of Emelin, he threw himself into the boards.

Lucic was penalized two minutes for boarding and was clearly not happy. He might have had an argument because, while there was certainly intent, the hit was rather ineffective and Emelin went unpunished 30 seconds earlier when he unloaded on Simon Gagné.

But there were some special circumstances that went into the call and that’s where Lucic was dumb.

After the Canadiens eliminated the Bruins in the playoffs, Lucic threatened Emelin and Dale Weise while the teams lined up to shake hands. The threats didn’t go unnoticed by the NHL and Stéphane Quintal, the head of the NHL’s department of player safety, was on hand before the game to remind both teams that the league would take a dim view of any rough stuff.

Lucic’s unnecessary hit came at a time when the Bruins were trailing by a goal and trying to pull goaltender Niklas Svedberg for an extra attacker. After Lucic went to the penalty box, the Bruins had to pull the goalie so they could play 5-on-5 and any chance of a comeback ended when P.A. Parenteau found the empty net.

Lucic was outraged at the call and made an obscene gesture in the penalty box. When he returned to the ice after the goal, he continued to whine and was handed a 10-misconduct penalty.

On Friday, the league announced that Lucic was fined $5,000 for the obscene gesture. Sadly, there’s no provision in the rules for fining someone for being dumb.

phickey@montrealgazette.com

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Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic reacts as he is escorted off the ice by linesman Michel Cormier after receiving a minor penalty in the final seconds of their game against the Montreal Canadiens during NHL hockey action Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Montreal. The Canadiens beat the Bruins 6-4.
 

Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic reacts as he is escorted off the ice by linesman Michel Cormier after receiving a minor penalty in the final seconds of their game against the Montreal Canadiens during NHL hockey action Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Montreal. The Canadiens beat the Bruins 6-4.

Photograph by: Paul Chiasson, THE CANADIAN PRESS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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