Lucic reacts to one-game suspension


Lucic reacts to one-game suspension

BOSTON -- Milan Lucic addressed the media prior to Monday's game against the Montreal Canadiens to discuss his one game suspension for a hit on Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo that occurred on Saturday.

Obviously I dont think anyones ever happy when they get suspended, and obviously (NHL VP of Player Safety) Brendan Shanahan went with the decision that he felt was the right decision, he said. Obviously youve got to respect any decision that they make, whether you agree with it or not. But obviously it sucks to sit out a game for an incident like this, especially when were playing our rivals tonight, Montreal. But myself, probably a good time to sit back and have fun watching a game against our rivals and see how these guys do.

Lucic received a five-minute major and game misconduct for the hit during the game against the Flyers. He thought he made shoulder-to-shoulder contact.

He asked me what I was thinking at the time and about the hit, and I told him exactly what I said after the game, Lucic said. I did everything I could to try to get his shoulder and try to make it not from behind. And I said even after the game, you can see his legs and his body turning as he was going into the boards. I felt like if I did hit him from behind, he would have went in head first. And they didnt see it the same way I did and I have to sit out for that.

When asked if his history played into the ruling, Lucic said it was not discussed in the hearing.

As far as my history is concerned, obviously I think you look at the five years that Ive been here, Ive led the team in hits for all those years and this is the first time that Ive ever had a hearing or a suspension when it comes down to a hit, he said. Take aside the hit on the goalie -- Im talking about hit on the players. I do everything in my power to keep it clean out there.

And I remember even earlier this year, one of the Boston reporters came up to me and asked me, is the reason why youre not playing as physical as years before because of the new rules and the clarity of it. I answered the question yes and obviously he put out some pretty clear videos of what is a suspension and what isnt, and I try my full-on best to follow those rules.

Bruins looking forward to getting World Cup teammates, coach back


Bruins looking forward to getting World Cup teammates, coach back

BRIGHTON, Mass. – With the World Cup of Hockey and Team Canada crowned as champions, the final few Bruins players involved in the international hockey tournament will be filtering back into regular training camp.

It was a brilliant tourney for Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, especially while forming the World Cup’s best forward line with Sidney Crosby. Marchand was one of the leading scorers and had the clutch game-winner in the decisive game.

As a line they combined for a ridiculous 25 points in six games and it was Marchand who scored a couple of the biggest goals in the biggest games against Russia and Team Europe.

“They did it all of last season for us, so I’m not shocked. They played well throughout the entire time they played there, so I’m really happy for them,” said Ryan Spooner. “It’s been kind of a weird camp. We’ve been missing a lot of guys, and to get all of those guys back is huge. They’re the leaders of the team, so to get them back is good.

“Marchand around the room is a funny guy, so he’s definitely missed. We miss them all.”

Zdeno Chara was a force for the surprising rag-tag group of players on Team Europe and led them to the best-of-three final series against Team Canada. Now that it’s over, the B’s teammates are looking forward to all three joining fellow World Cup participants Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes at camp probably at some point next week.

“It does [feel like training camp], but it will be nice to get those guys back,” said Adam McQuaid. “They are big parts of this team. We’re looking forward to having those guys back, for sure.”

That also includes getting their coach, Claude Julien, back as well after missing his presence while he served behind the Canadian bench with Mike Babcock and Barry Trotz. He’ll be rejoining the Bruins over the next couple of days, and getting through preseason road games against Detroit and Philadelphia before making some tough decisions on cuts at main training camp.

That’s when things will officially start getting back to normal for a training camp that’s felt like something was a little missing over the first few weeks of getting ready for the season. 

Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final


Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while taking a nap this afternoon so I can watch the 1:30 am replay of tonight’s Bruins/Red Wings game on the NHL Network.

*Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara scored the goals at the World Cup’s decisive game on Thursday night, and No. 63 got the clutch game-winner late in the third period for Team Canada. Then he watched as linemate Sidney Crosby won the MVP for the tournament in what could be perceived, from a Boston point of view, as a largely Canadian-based hockey media fawning over Sid the Kid once again. Look, he was the tournament’s leading scorer, but last night’s heroics probably should have tipped the scales toward the B’s agitator getting the World Cup hardware.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford has Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm seeking an eight year deal from his team. That could be another contract negotiation to watch closely if you’re a Bruins fan.

*Zach Werenski, one of the D-men the Bruins were trying to trade up to get two years ago in the first round of the draft, is looking like he might be NHL-ready for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

*Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov is holding out with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and just wants to get paid like the rest of his teammates.

*Marian Hossa says he still wants to play hockey when he’s 42 years old, or close to the age that countrymen Zdeno Chara is right now.

*Here are some preseason college hockey storylines with the world of NCAA hockey about to start up in force.

*A judge has ruled that the family of the late Derek Boogaard may pursue a lawsuit against the NHL over the death of their son.

*For something completely different: “Tex Ryan” takes his jokes to open mic night and I’m fairly this is Toucher and Rich skewering the Buffalo Bills head coach. And rightfully so.