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No suspension for Lucic

Nov 14, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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Milan Lucic will not be suspended for running over Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller on Saturday.

So why did NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan have a hearing?

“I had the hearing because I did make an initial assessment of the play as I do with all plays, but I did have some questions for Milan and I wanted to hear directly from him,” Shanahan told NHL.com. “They were regarding his intent; at what point did he know there was going to be a collision; and whether or not he felt he had the time to avoid the collision. I was satisfied with his answers.”

Lucic has said it wasn’t his plan to run over Miller.

“I blocked a shot and pushed the puck a little too far ahead of me and I skated after the puck as fast as I possibly could,” Lucic said, as per the Boston Herald. “ I looked up and he was still in his net. I looked down at the puck and was continuing on and the next thing I knew, I looked up and he’s coming out full speed at me.”

Not sure if Shanahan expected to get a Colonel Jessep-style confession out of Lucic during the hearing. If I’m a Sabres fan, the league’s dismissal of Lucic’s actions because Lucic said he didn’t mean to might not cut it with me.

I wager we’ll be hearing a few opinions about this decision in the next little while.

  1. madtolive5 - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    and where is the suspension for the sabers coming for faking ryan millers concussion??
    You are telling me in todays NHL that a player with a head injury will play till the 3rd quarter and then do post game interviews??

    please…nice try sabers

    • danphipps01 - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:59 PM

      Third what now? Which sport are you watching, exactly?

      • madtolive5 - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:02 PM

        oh my god sorry…i guess you are the one with the period.

      • comeonnowguys - Nov 15, 2011 at 10:18 AM

        No, he’s right to mock.

    • stratomaticfan - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:15 PM

      You mean the suspension for reckless two handed swing of the stick with intent to injure, don’t you?

      • madtolive5 - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:19 PM

        yeah that was pretty crazy too. Hard to believe a guy with a concussion has the know-with-all to swing his stick at someones head.

      • eyecorporations - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:48 PM

        It sounds like you’ve never had a concussion, but you definitely have the “know-with-all” to swing your stick at someone. You also have just enough coordination to not even come close and fall on your ass during the attempt.

  2. cowboys282 - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Great to hear. For those of us who actually watched the game understand this decision and know it was the right decision to make.

  3. grudenthediva - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Shanny: “Ok, Milan. Explain your actions.”

    Lucic: “I don’t have to tell you s–t. We were Colin’s boys. You best follow suit or we’ll jump you from behind.”

    Shanny: “Approved!”

    • madtolive5 - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:10 PM

      you know that all of Boston hates Colin because he didn’t suspend Cooke for ending Savard’s career right?

      • danphipps01 - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:16 PM

        It’s funny how many people forget that, isn’t it?

        “Hurr, his kid plays for them. CONSPIRACYYYYYYYY.”

        Yeah, and their top centre and arguably best forward at the time got taken out on the most famous dirty hit in years and Campbell gave him shit. I’m more confident that they’re on bad terms than good ones. You’re exactly right.

      • hystoracle - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:24 PM

        I’m so glad Shanahan has taken over that post.. I love his approach and honest assessment.. He hasn’t been afraid to suspend anyone who deserved it..

        Lucic plays on the edge of dirty at times but a suspension was not warranted in this case. Bang-Bang play… 2 min penalty was enough.. There was no intent to injure. The best he could have done was maybe side step Miller. But Lucic is a big guy who isn’t the most agile guy to be slipping past hits.

        I’m sure Lucic’s style of play will earn him a deserved suspension before the season’s done. But not in this play.

  4. fummer34 - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    The only reason why he wanted to have to meeting was to let me know that when they play in sabers next week there’s gonna be hell to pay for being a goon and that any suspension he gave him might make him miss that game. Basically. Keep ur head up boy!

    • imleftcoast - Nov 14, 2011 at 5:21 PM

      That’s totally it. Don’t be an idiot next meeitng Milan.

  5. loinstache - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Boston is starting to perfect the art of injuring players on “hockey” plays

    • imleftcoast - Nov 14, 2011 at 5:29 PM

      Canucks have a guy with a broken back – no suspension. Meanwhile, Aaron Rome gets a four-game suspension in the Finals for a late hit. It’s a joke what Boston gets away with. Go back and watch Game 7 vs Montreal if you have any doubt about that.

  6. t16rich - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Good. Now did Shanny give Buffalo a box of tampons to help them get over it? Buffalo had 40 minutes to run over Bostons goalie and didnt. Either way after seeing him not get a suspension. Buffalo should crash Thomas’s crease hard one of these nights. If they dont, than I stick by my tampon comment. The fact not one player didnt drop the gloves and atleaset bear hug Lucic and hold on for dead life. As a person who playted defense my whole life, I would rather get beat up by a tough guy than watch that tough guy run my goalie over and not react. Have a spine. Even if it can barely support you.

  7. sillysporty - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    I’d say wait till Boston comes here but we have to many pussies here but lucid can suck julians short little pecker all Boston players should suck on a gas pipe

  8. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 14, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    If Miller had been in the crease and Lucic ran him like that he would have been suspended, but that was nowhere close to the case. Miller chose to come way out and basically go right at Lucic in an attempt to play the puck. If 2 players are going full speed at each other you can’t hold one singularly responsible for the contact that happens. Good job by Shanny here

  9. buffalotears - Nov 14, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Lets go over the rules. Even if a goalie is out of the crease, the player must try and avoid contact. It’s evident Boston just has a different rule book than the rest of the league, because I don’t see how Lucic throwing his arms into Miller was “avoiding” contact. While the Sabres were gutless in a response to Lucic, this just sets the stage for another Bertuzzi incident.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 14, 2011 at 7:54 PM

      No it does not because Lucic won’t back down from any confrontation. If someone from your team decides to cheap-shot him instead of challenging him then shame on them, I’ll be pushing for them to be thrown out of the league. The onus is on Miller as much as it is on Lucic for this one. If Miller was behind the net or in the crease it’s a different story, but he was charging out towards Lucic and it’s his own fault he’s going to be missing some games

      • pastabelly - Nov 14, 2011 at 8:32 PM

        This shirt is a big seller in Boston for good reason.

        http://www.sullysbrand.com/products/lucic-crew-ass-kicker-number17-t-shirt

  10. pastabelly - Nov 14, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    The Bruins have been on the short end of many of these league decisions and lost their best players for full seasons and longer with little to no suspensions (Jones on Bergeron and Cooke on Savard). So all of this BS about the Bruins being “protected” is pure BS. Vancouver played a very dirty series against the Bruins because they couldn’t match the Bruins physically. Burrows bites Bergeron and gets NOTHING. Rome did get what he deserved. But that was a chicken shlit hit on Horton. The Bruins play the game tough. Watching the two biggest weenie teams in the league right now. The Buffalo Wussies are playing the Montreal Floppers or the Montreal Dive Team, as they are referred to in Boston.

  11. blkeskimo1785 - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    If Buffalo doesn’t respond for this in their next game (Nov. 23), then they have no balls. It should have been 5 guys all going after Lucic for that play, but that didn’t happen. I’m disappointed in Buffalo’s lack of a response.

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