I’ve been a big defender of Milan Lucic in the past. I’ve kept saying that much as we Habs fans hate him, we’d take him in a heartbeat.
Well no more. The Bruins can keep him. In fact, he seems to fit in just fine with the Big Bad Bs.
Did you see the play last night in game one of the Boston Detroit series where he spears rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser in the nuts from behind? Look familiar? Course it does. Because it’s exactly what this cowardly player did to Alexei Emelin a couple of weeks back after Emelin caught Lucic with a beautiful (completely legal) hip check.
It was exactly the same scenario last night. DeKeyser knocks Lucic into the boards – with not even the roughest of checks – and Lucic responds a few seconds later with a whack to the balls from behind.
In a leap of logic that made no sense to anyone but the most hardcore of Bruins fans, Lucic called Emelin “a chicken” after that last incident. But today it’s clear just who the chicken is. Everyone except Milan Lucic learned this in the grade-school playground – only cowards jump a guy from behind. Let’s hope the league throws the book at this chicken but given that he wears a Bruins sweater, I doubt it’ll happen.
Postscript: The League has fined Lucic $5,000 for the attack, basically the equivalent of the cost of a dinner out with a couple of his knuckle-dragging pals. Just another reminder that the NHL is a joke. And Lucic’s defense of the thing was even more laughable. He said he’s “only” done it three times in his career. Brilliant.