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No suspension for Milan Lucic

Posted on: November 14, 2011 4:03 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 10:05 pm
 


By: Adam Gretz


Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic had a meeting with Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's vice president of player safety, on Monday afternoon to discuss the play that took place on Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres when Lucic hit goaltender Ryan Miller after he came out of the crease to play a loose puck.

Following Shanahan's review, as well as his discussion with Lucic, it was determined that the Bruins forward will not face any supplemental discipline.

Despite the calls from fans to allow goalies to be hit when the leave their crease, goalies are not "fair game" when they exit the blue paint. The NHL rule book states that incidental contact may be permitted at the referee's discretion when the goalie is playing the puck outside of his crease, as long the skater makes a reasonable effort to avoid the contact.
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Said Shanahan, via the league's official web site, "I had the hearing because I did make an initial assessment of the play as I do with all plays, but I did have some questions for Milan and I wanted to hear directly from him. They were regarding his intent; at what point did he know there was going to be a collision; and whether or not he felt he had the time to avoid the collision. I was satisfied with his answers."

Lucic received a two-minute minor for charging, while it was later revealed that Miller suffered a concussion and will not be in the crease when the Sabres visit the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

Miller was livid following the game and was brutally honest when it came his post-game comments, saying "I just stuck around because I wanted to say what a piece of [feces] I think Lucic is."

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli released a statement relaying his pleasure not only with the NHL's decision, but Lucic not responding to Miller's postgame remarks.

"We are satisfied with the NHL's announcement that there will be no suspension or fine for Milan, and we respect the process that the League took to reach this decision.

"I am also proud that Milan took the high road, and chose not to engage in an exchange of words after the unfortunate comments that were made about him following the game."

The "statement" from Sabres coach Lindy Ruff was decidedly different.

“It just means that teams will be to able do exactly what Lucic did,” Ruff told reporters before Buffalo's game in Montreal. “Your goaltender can play the puck, we can run him over, we can hurt him and all you get is a two-minute minor penalty.

“That is essentially what that means -- You can concuss the other team's goalkeeper ... it means it's fair game on goaltenders again."

Shanahan wasn't on board with the idea that the decision opened pandora's box on goalies across the league, instead condeming Ruff and the Sabres.

"I think Buffalo's comments are irresponsible to suggest that it's open season," Shanahan said at the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony. "I will have this warning for players: `It's not. If you run a goalie you're going to find yourself in the same situation that Lucic was today, you're going to have to explain yourself and you don't explain it sufficiently, and if I don't buy it, you're going to be suspended."'

The Sabres and Bruins meet again on Nov. 23.

The play has been a hot topic of discussion around the league, and on Monday Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson, who coached Miller at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, wondered if the NHL should be doing more to protect goalies. Here's what he had to say from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail:

"It'll be interesting to see the direction the league's going to go. There's no white papers out there to describe that kind of an injury or hit with regards to goaltenders. If it was a defenceman, you'd say that it was a clean hit.

"However, a goaltender's more or less defenceless in some of those situations. They're not wearing the same type of equipment, they're not built to absorb a 250-pound freight train running you over. Whereas a defenceman may. That's the debate that's going to go on in the next couple of days. Should we be protecting goaltenders?"

Wilson's team has been without its starting goalie, James Reimer, for nearly a month after he took a hit to the head while standing in his crease in a game against the Montreal Canadiens back in October. The NHL general managers meetings are scheduled to start on Tuesday, and while this isn't a subject that was planned on being discussed, it wouldn't be a shock if it makes its way into the conversation at some point.

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Comments

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:54 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

crosby and others keep posting the rule.....ummmm most of us know the rule, and for people who DIDNT know the rule i THINK the 100 posts of it, they have it now..........point is, YESSSSSSSS it was a penalty, and Lucic got a 2 minute penalty for it.
no intent or any other reason for further action



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:49 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

And a penalty was given! No further action or suspension was given by the NHL....



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:31 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

It's no secret that the Bruins are treated with kids gloves by this league (Bush).  Take a look at recent history.  Chara on Pacioretty, Boychuk on Raymond, and now Lucic on Miller.  And it doesn't stop with the non-suspension decisions either.  And to top it all off, after so much ado about the new sheriff in town, it is painfully obvious that Shanny has been gotten too by the board of govenors. 
Don't forget the Dennis Seidenberg boarding of Jeff Skinner. Complete garbage but, like you, I am not surprised.

Here's the rule for all of you beyond annoying Boston fans who would be screaming Bloody Murder if this same scenario happened to Tim Thomas:

    69.4 Contact Outside the Goal Crease - If an attacking player initiates any contact with a goalkeeper, other than incidental contact, while the goalkeeper is outside his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.

    A goalkeeper is not “fair game” just because he is outside the goal crease. The appropriate penalty should be assessed in every case where an attacking player makes unnecessary contact with the goalkeeper. However, incidental contact will be permitted when the goalkeeper is in the act of playing the puck outside his goal crease provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such unnecessary contact.

    When a goalkeeper has played the puck outside of his crease and is then prevented from returning to his crease area due to the deliberate actions of an attacking player, such player may be penalized for goalkeeper interference. Similarly, the goalkeeper may be penalized, if by his actions outside of his crease he deliberately interferes with an attacking player who is attempting to play the puck or an opponent.







Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:31 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

Lucic got a 2 min penalty, and thats all he should have got. Shanahan made the right call. Im glad he didnt listen to all the bull crap.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:17 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

Sorry but I agree with the NHL. I'm a believer that if you come out of the net, YOUR FAIR GAME. How about the wicked slash from Miller after he got wrecked!



Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:15 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

That was total BS.  Lucic had 
lots of time to pull up or change direction but instead chose to keep chuggin straight ahead without making a reasonable attempt to avoid or mitigate his contact with Miller.  He sure as hell wasn't using his arms to soften the impact.  It's no secret that the Bruins are treated with kids gloves by this league (Bush).  Take a look at recent history.  Chara on Pacioretty, Boychuk on Raymond, and now Lucic on Miller.  And it doesn't stop with the non-suspension decisions either.  And to top it all off, after so much ado about the new sheriff in town, it is painfully obvious that Shanny has been gotten too by the board of govenors. 
Everyone knows consistency is very difficult to come by in this role as it is, but the 180 we are witnessing from the league's disciplinarian in the meting of justice has me crying 'Hold, enough!' 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 6:22 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

No suspension at all?  Wow.  So Shanny wants to protect defenseless players, but netminders aren't included in that?  Way to open pandora's box Brendan.  Not only will more teams run opposing goalies, but now the retribution for those hits will be that much worse because teams will feel that they HAVE TO respond immediately because the league isn't going to control the situation after the fact.  Should get interesting!



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 6:16 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

Miller's right...Lucic is a POS for delievering that hit.  Having said that, I was disgusted at the Sabres' non-response.  At the very least Tim Thomas should have been steam rolled at some point and Lucic should have had his arse beat.  Peter Chiarelli's comment that Lucic took the high road is a joke.  Would have been better to say nothing than condone the cheap shot (which IS what it was).


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Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 5:56 pm
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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 5:55 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

Doesn't matter. Kaleta will summon his inner "ram" and put another bend in Lucic's f'd up nose on the 23rd.

Go Sabres!


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