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Milan Lucic to meet with NHL over sucker punch to Atlanta’s Freddy Meyer

Dec 24, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

Milan Lucic

Boston’s Milan Lucic is looking at getting an extended Christmas vacation from the NHL. The Bruins power forward is already set to have a one-game suspension for receiving a match penalty for sucker punching Atlanta defenseman Freddy Meyer during last night’s Bruins win.

Lucic is set to meet with the NHL on Sunday for a disciplinary hearing with NHL vice president of hockey operations Mike Murphy. Murphy will conduct the hearing because of Colin Campbell’s son Gregory being a member of the Bruins. We hope you know the reasons why this is a big deal to make this clear by now.

Lucic was upset with Meyer after a questionable hit up high by the former Boston University standout. Meyer was jumped immediately by Andrew Ference and a full-on line brawl erupted. Nathan Horton and Evander Kane squared off separately meanwhile others came together in a scrum.

In that scrum, Lucic was pulled out by one of the officials when he punched Meyer in the side of the face while he wasn’t looking, dropping him to the ice. You can see video of that whole brouhaha here. We know the Bruins have been in a slide of late and they were looking for a spark to inspire the team, but they were already ahead 4-1 late in the game, at that point what in the world are the Bruins looking to rally around? Lucic may end up being made an example of for this.

  1. bird500 - Dec 24, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    My opinion……. the hit by Meyers was not high, he was hit in the shoulder-chest, not in the head. Lucic was PO’ed that he was leveled by a smaller player. Lucic needs an extended rest for the sucker punch.

  2. matthews4 - Dec 24, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    I disagree. Lucic has had his clock cleaned many of time without incident. Andrew Ference who is not know for his physical presence saw it and attacked also that should tell you something. Isn’t the NHL supposed to be cracking down on hits to the head. Unless Lucic’s chin is attached to his shoulder i don’t know what you are looking at. Meyers clearly makes contact with his chin.

  3. polegojim - Dec 25, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    There’s no instant replay on the ice. In real time, it looked like a dirty hit to everybody.

    Ference should have let Lucic have first crack and all you probably would have had was a couple fighting majors and an entertaining scrum.

  4. sbesher - Dec 25, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    I liked response by Ference, Lucic and the the rest of the line – beats the heck out of lack of response to the hit on Savard last year. I am sure the B’s can handle one game without Luc, but in the long run this is good for the team. Old time hockey always let the players police the game and it should still be the case especially now when the game is officiated so poorly, when the players are getting questionable calls or non-calls, and when NHL can’t seem to stand behind it’s own rules. Meyer got his ear ringed up – well, good for Lucic, Freddy would think twice next time hunting for the head. Too bad Thornton was not on the ice…

  5. boyesmama - Dec 27, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    I am more then thrilled all he got was a fine. Meyer hit high he had to strech to hit where he did. He is lucky Ference got to him first. Lucic could have leveled him in three hits or less. I can’t belive the dirty hit by Meye was ignored by the officals so someone had to remind him that dirty hits are not going unresponded to

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