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Milan Lucic suspended 1 game

Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 6:54 pm
 


By: Adam Gretz


Zac Rinaldo said he was fine with the hit from Boston's Milan Lucic over the weekend. The NHL, however, was not fine with it.

The league announced on Monday afternoon that the Bruins forward has been suspended one game for his hit from behind during his team's 6-0 win over the Flyers on Saturday afternoon. Lucic will miss Monday's home game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Lucic was issued a five-minute major and a game misconduct for hitting Rinaldo into the boards from behind late in the second period, which was part of an extremely physical game that Boston dominated on the scoreboard from the opening faceoff.

Even though Lucic was ejected for the hit, Rinaldo was quick to come to his defense.

“It’s hockey, you hit and go into the boards, I don’t think it was dirty at all,” said Rinaldo via Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly. “Shoulder-to-shoulder and just momentum. He’s big guy, maybe double my weight. His momentum carried him into the boards awkwardly. I don’t think it was dirty at all.”

Lucic responded again on Monday after the suspension was announced, taking his medicine.

"I don't think anyone's ever happy when they get suspended," Lucic said. "But you have to respect any decision they make. I do everything my power to keep it clean out there. I try my full-on best to follow [the NHL's] rules [on hitting].

Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's disciplinary czar, did not agree.

"In spite of the fact Lucic sees Rinaldo's numbers and proximity to the boards, Lucic delivers a dangerous check from behind," said Shanahan. "Rinaldo makes no sudden movement either just prior to or simultaneous with the hit that contributes to making this an illegal check. Therefore, the onus is on Lucic to avoid this hit completely, or at the very least minimize it to a greater degree. Instead, Lucic follows through with his check driving Rinaldo high and hard into the glass."

Shanahan also added that Lucic's history of similar infractions, warnings and fines went into the decision to suspend him, as did the fact that Rinaldo suffered no apparent injury as a result of the play.

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Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:02 am
 

Milan Lucic suspended 1 game

wrote:

Funny that Letang got suspended for more than 1 game for making the same hit with a shorter rap sheet
Must be a conspiracy against Kris Letang!  After all, he did knock Sidney Crosby out again, the bastard!



Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:10 pm
 

Milan Lucic suspended 1 game

yea I remember when he "finished " his check on Miller ....the what a loogin Lucic is



Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Milan Lucic suspended 1 game

Funny that Letang got suspended for more than 1 game for making the same hit with a shorter rap sheet



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Milan Lucic suspended 1 game

Rinaldo isa wuss



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Milan Lucic suspended 1 game

Rinaldo wuss, even Avery can beat him down!



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Milan Lucic suspended 1 game

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Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Milan Lucic suspended 1 game

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Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:16 pm
 

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