Lucic, Shanahan to talk Monday; suspension looming?


Lucic, Shanahan to talk Monday; suspension looming?

WILMINGTON, Mass. Milan Lucic will have another phone conversation with Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's vice-president of player safety, for an incident stemming from Saturdays bruising 6-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Lucic will talk with Shanahan Monday morning to discuss the events that led to him getting ejected, and he may be whacked with a suspension after skirting discipline following a controversial collision with Ryan Miller earlier this season.
Lucic was slapped with a five-minute, hitting-from-behind major and a game misconduct after blasting Flyers agitator Zac Rinaldo with a hit that probably looked worse on video than it was in reality. Rinaldo had taken runs at Nathan Horton and David Krejci earlier in that shift, and Lucic hit the Flyers forward as he worked the puck out of the corner.
But because this is Lucic's second incident of the year, he may not escape suspension this time. The Bruins will play the Canadiens Monday night, and the B's aren't sure when Shanahan's decision will be made.
I have no idea, said coach Claude Julien Sunday, when asked if Lucic would be available against the Habs. Theyll talk and they hang up, and then the decision comes later. I probably wont even know until the afternoon for all I know. Unfortunately I cant be in their heads.
The hit happened Saturday afternoon and you kind of wished it could have been done decision, but Id rather them take the time to do it right than rush into it and make the wrong decision.
Lucic doesn't believe he should be suspended.
"I looked at the video in slow motion and saw how it looked at the point of contact," said Lucic. "There were no numbers visible on the back of Rinaldo's jersey at the time of the hit and it was all shoulders. You could see Rinaldo's body rotating because I took him from the right side.
"NHL punishment is out of my control. I completely slowed up. If I directly hit him from behind, hit him in the numbers and buried him into the boards, I'd be the first one to say . . . there should be repercussions. Fortunately he wasn't injured on the play, and it looked okay to me on video."

Julien: 'The less said and the more shown' is good for Bruins right now

Julien: 'The less said and the more shown' is good for Bruins right now

BRIGHTON, Mass – Claude Julien met with the media after Tuesday’s morning skate and there was a bit of a long pause between questions at one point early in the session.

“I understand because everything that needs to be said has already been said, right?” cracked the longtime Bruins bench boss, who was in good spirits after morning skate despite the turmoil around him.

It’s clearly less about words and more about results right now for a struggling team that’s lost a season-worst four games in a row in gut-punching fashion and has fallen out of a playoff position despite teams above them, Ottawa and Toronto, holding five games in hand on them. 

The Bruins are in a freefall at the worst possible time and at this point, Julien wants to see positive action and winning results from his team rather than the empty talk with the media.

“We want to respect our game plan, execute it well and that normally helps you. We’ve been a little bit all over the place, especially in the last game,” said Julien. “That’s what we addressed yesterday, moving forward.

“I haven’t used the All-Star break as a motivation. We’re basically looking at these last two games, and what we have to do in these last two games. I think we’re well aware of what’s waiting for them after that. The players normally know when the breaks are. That’s not for us right now. I’d like to see our focus on what we need to do [against the Wings] to right the ship. We’ve talked about it a lot, and I think right now the less said, and the more shown is probably the best thing.”

With two games left until the All-Star break, one has to wonder what Julien’s fate will be if the Bruins drop both games to Detroit and Pittsburgh before the group breaks up for All-Star weekend. 

A good showing might be enough to keep Julien calling the shots for the Black and Gold down the stretch this season. But the sense is that more of the same fragile, losing efforts from the Bruins in these final two home dates, a familiar look from this group over the past three seasons, could spell doom for the winningest coach in Bruins franchise history.

One thing is for sure: Words aren’t going to do anything for Julien, and instead it’s about cold, hard results for the coach and the Bruins players who are nose-diving in the middle of the regular season.