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Milan Lucic: ‘We wouldn’t accept anything like that’

Nov 12, 2011, 11:18 PM EDT

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Well, this Milan LucicRyan Miller situation is about as entertaining as it can get, isn’t it? We already heard Miller’s rather pointed (and potty-mouthed) words toward Lucic, but the guilty party provided his own interesting tidbits.

John Vogl reports that Lucic explained his side of the story as he was traveling at such a speed that it was “pretty hard to put on the breaks.” (I cannot help but imagine that he smirked and winked after saying that, but that’s just me.) That’s intriguing enough, but check out what almost seems like an indictment of the collective manhood of the Buffalo Sabres, also via Vogl:


Paul Gaustad admitted that he was embarrassed about the way he and his teammates reacted to the hit in the immediate moments, but some might say that the most damning bit was the lack of action in the next two periods. Then again, others would argue that the Sabres were wise not to play the Bruins’ game (see: the Montreal-Boston bloodbath from last season).

So what’s your take on Buffalo’s reaction? Were they wise not to fight fire with fire, especially since they don’t have the same kind of firepower? Should they have dropped the mitts once the game was out of reach? Will Lucic be a marked man on Nov. 23? Let us know in the comments.

  1. wgrdj55 - Nov 12, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    I would be embarrassed to be a Sabre player right now. Our goalie gets RUN and they do nothing. Where’s the heart? I played hockey and if that happens to my goalie I take out him!!! The Sabres showed one thing they are a long way from winning a cup this year.

  2. bcjim - Nov 12, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Let that oafish gorilla run his mouth. Everyone knows what kind of gooney goon that goon is.

  3. lucicsfightclub - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    a goon any team in the league would LOVE to have. someone who will score 30 goals a year and deliver punishing hits!!!!!

  4. danphipps01 - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Hm. Troubling. In the first of the quartet of posts on this, I defended Lucic. I STILL feel it looked like a clean hit (in terms of where it connected and the fact that it didn’t meet the definition of charging). Yet, for all that, he comes off the ice and simultaneously practically admits guilt and badmouths the losing team with the injured player. Not only is it confusing and only worsening his own situation, but it’s a pretty classless thing to come off the ice and say that – and for the record, I AGREE with him. The Sabres should have sought reprisal, whether they were physically outmatched or not. Even a legitimate hit on a goalie is grounds for hard hits and fighting. I feel that for these remarks to come from Lucic himself is extremely poor taste – but he’s right. They should have stepped up. That said… man, if ANY other Bruin had said this I’d be less bothered by it. He took out their goalie, cleanly or otherwise. He shouldn’t be talking to the media like that.

  5. madtolive5 - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    hey atleast miller tried to throw his stick in Lucic’s face…

  6. trbowman - Nov 13, 2011 at 2:41 AM

    Lucic is a gutless wimp, long live Ryan Miller.

  7. trbowman - Nov 13, 2011 at 2:42 AM

    And I posted that video as someone who generally thinks Cherry is an idiot.

  8. sfbookreviews - Nov 13, 2011 at 2:50 AM

    So, he does something he says couldn’t be avoided but had someone else done it to his guy, it wouldn’t be acceptable. For a piece of (feces) this guy has some (spherical objects).

  9. sonofsamiam - Nov 13, 2011 at 3:51 AM

    Maybe Miller shouldn’t float around in the circle if he doesn’t want to get plowed by Lucic.

  10. pugsley927 - Nov 13, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    Memo to Ryan Miller, you don’t want to get hit, stay in your net and keep your diaper fastened tight, crybaby.

    Or, go play soccer.

  11. pftbillsfan - Nov 13, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    embarrassing, as Buffalo fans we can deal with a loss just not a lack if courage, what feces.

  12. 8man - Nov 13, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    I don’t know. I think the Sabres were focused on trying to win a hockey game. At the time of the hit, Buffalo had 1-0 lead and was looking at a power play for a possible 2-0 lead on foreign ice. Why screw that up?

    And honestly, like I’ve said, it wasn’t intentional and I don’t think it was that late of a hit. But when you get in the way of a guy who’s skating at full speed and you weigh 50 pounds less, you are going to get the worst of it. Maybe their bench saw the replay and came to same conclusion.

    The Sabres are a good team. They’ll be there in April and beyond. But it sure makes for great theater.

    • donfocker89 - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:12 PM

      I think they screwed up the win after not responding to the hit. They didnt respond and all the momentum went towards Boston. The game was over after that hit.

  13. gallyhatch - Nov 13, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Lucic should STFU. And I’m a Bruins fan.

    When Cooke took out Savard, not one Bruin stepped up in that game. Thornton threw down with him the next time they met, but it was a half-ass attempt at retribution. I like Lucic, but I wish he would just shut his mouth & play the game.

  14. billyhoyle4real - Nov 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Pathetic. If I were Ryan Miller I’d be furious with every guy in the locker room and I’d call them out on it behind closed doors. You don’t let your boy get bullied like that…not on the playground, not in the streets and not on the frozen battlefield. I’m ashamed to be a fan today.

  15. pastabelly - Nov 13, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    The Bruins learned a great deal from the way they handled the Cooke hit on Savard. Maybe the Sabres will learn from this one. I just don’t think Lucic has any reason to fear any of them. He is also on fire on offense. Stay out of the box.

  16. ballsohardu - Nov 13, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Sabres have one of the most skilled teams out there. Need to work out chemistry an get tougher up front

  17. bikey1277 - Nov 18, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    There is a logical explanation for Lucic’s actions and words. He is just plain stupid. Lets move on.

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