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Zac Rinaldo was cool with Milan Lucic hitting him questionably

Dec 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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While fans might be outraged, Zac Rinaldo is totally cool with how he was hit by Milan Lucic.

Rinaldo is a tough character the same way Lucic is, but he tells Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com that he’s all right and that Lucic’s hit is just how the game is played.

“It’s hockey, you hit and go into the boards, I don’t think it was dirty at all,” Rinaldo said. “Shoulder-to-shoulder and just momentum. He’s big guy, maybe double my weight. His momentum carried him into the boards awkwardly. I don’t think it was dirty at all.”

That’s all well and good for Rinaldo to be cool with it, but now it’s up to Brendan Shanahan to decide if he’s OK with the hit. Lucic had his meeting with Shanahan earlier this morning over the hit and we should know soon what his fate is. Boston has a game tonight against Montreal and if there’s anything that’s true in life, the Canadiens are rooting for the league to come down hard on Lucic just for the evening.

  1. govtminion - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Montreal was hoping he’d be charged with assault…

  2. mornelithe - Dec 19, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    With the way Montreal and Boston are playing, they’re going to need Shanahan to suspend the Bruins first two units ;)

  3. jpelle82 - Dec 19, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    lucic has done a great job of putting the fear of God in every other player in the league, they’re scared even off the ice now

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