Milan Lucic didn’t stick around to speak with reporters following Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers, and there’s probably good reason for that.
The Bruins power forward blew a gasket toward the end of the second period when Florida defenseman cross-checked him from behind causing him to topple head-first into the side boards. Lucic lifted his head up, saw that none of their referees had their hand raised for a Florida penalty on what should have been an easy call and then took matters into his own hands.
Lucic cross-checked Weaver and drove him down into the ice with great vengeance and furious anger, and got whacked with a double-minor for cross-checking and roughing as a result. The Bruins were holding a 3-1 lead at the time and now they were being staked with killing four minutes worth of power play time between the second and third period.
Worse than that an incensed Lucic kept screaming at referee Chris Lee from the penalty box and was slapped with another 10-minute misconduct that compounded a misbegotten situation.
The Bruins killed off the four minute power play, and actually out-shot the Florida PP by a 3-0 margin that helped ensure Boston’s victory.
The furor was understandable that those hits from behind are the exact kind of plays that the NHL insists they’re trying to wipe out of the game. While there are situations when those kinds of penalties can be seen as selfish or undisciplined, B’s head coach Claude Julien said Lucic’s actions were accepted by his teammates and the coaching staff under the circumstances.
“When I looked at it between periods it appeared to be a cross-check and he wasn’t close to the boards,” said Claude Julien. “We felt that maybe there could have been an original call. We should have been on the power play rather than killing off a penalty for four minutes.
Non-call infuriates Lucic in win over Panthers
CSN New England | Feb 25