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Ryan Miller calls Milan Lucic a gutless piece of (blank)

Nov 12, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

Ryan Miller, Johnny Boychuk, Zdeno Chara AP

Ryan Miller wasn’t willing to discuss the nature of his “upper-body injury” after tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins. The Buffalo News’ John Vogl reports that Miller stewed in the locker room so he could unleash this pointed (and Vogl-censored) critique of Milan Lucic, though:

“I just stuck around because I wanted to say what a piece of [feces] I think Lucic is,” Miller said. “Fifty pounds on me, and he runs me like that? It’s unbelievable. Everyone in this city sees him as a big, tough, solid player. I respected him for how hard he plays. That was gutless. Gutless. Piece of [feces].”

Wow, Miller hasn’t dished on someone like that since he trash-talked his way to victory in those goofy “Yo Momma” energy drink commercials.

It’s probably fair to say that Miller’s teammates didn’t do the talking* for him, though. The Sabres responded with anger on the initial hit, but didn’t really have the “personnel” to teach Lucic a lesson at that time. Paul Gastaud was one of the players on the ice during that immediate reaction and he told Vogl that he was “embarrassed that we didn’t respond the way we should have.”

Looking at the box score, Lucic didn’t have to answer for his actions during the rest of the game either; the only fight-like disturbance happened when Patrick Kaleta and Shawn Thornton were tossed from the contest with matching misconduct penalties.

Naturally, the beautiful/scary part of this situation is that the Sabres and Bruins are scheduled to meet each other five more times this season. In case you’re wondering, their next game is on Nov. 23, which might make for a Black Wednesday for Lucic.

* – In case you were wondering, “do the talking” means “beat the [feces] out of” …

  1. dbick - Nov 12, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    hextall would have whooped lucics ass!

  2. youthoughtyouhaditbad - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    He shouldn’t have hit him, he should have gotten a 5, and the Sabres are gutless for not dropping the gloves and beating some sense into Lucic.

  3. lucicsfightclub - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    and who could have beat some sense into him, excuse me but none of those pansies playing for Buffalo!!

  4. jambrochill - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    I think the only gutless part of play was millers machete-like swipe of his goalie stick at Lucic after he got his bell rung. You come out that far in my opinion and you are fair game. Goalies have more padding on than the Michelin man.

  5. danphipps01 - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    Five more times, seriously? Hoy. And people think Islanders-Penguins games can get rough… needless to say, I’m more interested in those matchups now than I was yesterday.

  6. 8man - Nov 13, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Ha! It is on! The Adams Division is back. The next five games between these two teams may be worth the price I paid for Center Ice alone. The next three are in Buffalo and they final game of the year is between them and in Boston. I’ll bet it means something. This is good stuff.

    And as for a Black Wednesday, I don’t see it. Lucic can give as good as he gets with anyone is the league as far as goal scoring or fighting. It warms my heart to know my team is physical and motivated. Go Bruins!

  7. gallyhatch - Nov 13, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Miller has made his opinion on Lucic quite clear, but I wonder what he thinks of his own teammates?

    The lack of a response from the Sabres has to be demoralizing for Miller AND their fans; (just thinking back to how I felt when noone on the Bruins went after Cooke in the game where he took out Savard)

  8. taytay099 - Nov 13, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    I honestly like the hit. Goalies should not have any sort of immunity outside of the crease. I also have no problem with calling it charging, but why should a goalie be off limits when they wander out of their net like this? I remember seeing Darcy Hordichuk hit Marty Turco in a similar play and he paid for it with a charging call and a couple of Dallas Stars running at him. I think they should call it a charge if it’s actually a charge but don’t penalize a player just because they hit a goalie in a race for the puck.

  9. tilllman40 - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Haha pansies

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