MONTREAL Milan Lucic hasnt scored a goal during this years postseason, but hes collected his first game ejection.Lucic was slapped with a major boarding penalty and game misconduct after he sped in for a hit on Jaroslav Spacek and left the Montreal defenseman in a bloody heap after plastering him into the boards in front of the penalty box area. Spacek turned his back to Lucic as he saw the hit coming and clearly put himself in a vulnerable position, but the Bs power forward also has to use better judgment.The hit came at 4:37 of the second period after the Bruins had tied the game on a Dennis Seidenberg goal. Brian Gionta scored a power play goal on the ensuing 5-on-3 advantage to give the Habs a 2-1 lead they would hold the rest of the way.There was been no determination after the game whether the boarding call will become a match penalty. A match penalty would come with an automatic suspension, pending a hearing with the NHL arbiters of justice.Spacek was helped from the ice following the hit, but returned to the game later in the second period after recovering from his face-first smash into the glass boards.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.
-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.
-- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.