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Don’t expect a less aggressive Milan Lucic

Dec 22, 2011, 10:10 PM EDT

Paul Gaustad, Milan Lucic AP

Just about every NHL team has a guy who can be an absolute force when everything clicks. A lot of pundits will criticize “light switch” players for their “off” nights, but the truth is that it’s not always that simple. Still, there’s some concern that a recent suspension and plenty of controversy might slow down the battering ram known as Milan Lucic.

Neither the Boston Bruins nor Lucic want the hulking winger to yield to the pressure to alter his approach, though, according to this story by CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty.

“I can’t change my game,” Lucic said. “I play with a lot of emotion and I do everything I can to keep it safe and follow the guidelines of the new hitting protocol. Obviously a big part of my game is being physical and creating emotion, and I can’t lose that part of my game.”

That game happens to feature a frightening combination of killer instinct and imposing size, which means he’s prone to play the role of an occasional villain. Lucic joked about his appearance on last night’s episode of HBO 24/7, when Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds lambasted him for a supposed hit from behind, screaming “You know you did it, Looch!”

An unrepentant Lucic is a great thing for the Bruins and an unsettling thing for the NHL’s other 29 teams. There’s nothing wrong with him embracing a villainous role, as long as he isn’t tying anyone to train tracks or checking people skull-first.

  1. bcjim - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Lucic, aka: Gooney Goonerson

    • drewsylvania - Dec 23, 2011 at 12:03 AM

      Since when do goons put up 30-goal seasons?

    • koyoteken - Dec 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM

      must be a Montreal Diver fan………

    • valleycat001 - Dec 23, 2011 at 11:09 PM

      Pardon me, but don’t you mean Milan Lucic aka “Stanley Cup Champion”? Sorry, maybe you can trade the Sedin Sisters for a good Canandian boy with a pair of balls…

      • imleftcoast - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:31 AM

        Won’t fight, total pussy Lucic.

  2. canucks18 - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Lucia is someone that all 29 other teams would love to have!!!!

    • danphipps01 - Dec 23, 2011 at 1:02 AM

      I don’t know. The Red Wings generally prefer to win their games cleanly. He doesn’t really fit that bill well.

      • bobwsc - Dec 23, 2011 at 11:51 AM

        finish up at the altar your holiness – they need to prep it for Xmas mass.

      • valleycat001 - Dec 23, 2011 at 11:11 PM

        I think they would just prefer to win right about now…gettin’ older and slower…Boston? Gettin’ younger and faster…

  3. BurkieInBoston - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Who’s Lucia?

  4. jaxpat - Dec 23, 2011 at 1:23 AM

    in the words of Artie Lange ,,,,,,Wahhhhh!. Lucic beat me up ….Wahhhhh! The Bruins are to rough and a bunch of goons Wahhhh! Well all other 29 teams can kiss the ring! Champs!!!! back2back time

    • koyoteken - Dec 23, 2011 at 9:39 AM

      LMAO!! Classic………….

    • imleftcoast - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:32 AM

      He won’t back it by fighting. He’s the biggest loser in the league.

  5. pugsley927 - Dec 23, 2011 at 5:54 AM

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCH !

  6. pastabelly - Dec 23, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    Old Tyme Hockey at the Gahden. :)

    I don’t think Looch cares much that he would never be welcome as a Red Wing.

  7. 8man - Dec 23, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    So good the see the Bruins play hard, with emotion and a physical presence. When you win a cup, you tend get teams at their best when you play them. I would think Lucic’s approach tends to dim some of that enthusiasm.

    When they dropped four straight to the Flyers two years ago, I thought it was over for this team. I really did. Boy! Have they turned it around.

  8. valleycat001 - Dec 23, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Just finished watching the Florida game. Wow, 8-0. I guess that’s another “statement” game. Geez, they just keep rolling. Right now, there’s NOBODY that can touch them. They can play tough, they can play finesse, they can play dirty, they can play fast…whaddya got? As old timer wrestler Razor Ramon used to say, “Don’t sing it, bring it!”

    • imleftcoast - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:33 AM

      There won’t be a repeat. Get used to it Bruin fans.

      • mornelithe - Dec 25, 2011 at 1:50 PM

        Well, we have no way of knowing how things will look by the end of the season, but if the playoffs were to happen right now, I don’t think there’s any arguing the possibility and likelihood of a Bruins repeat. They’ve just been playing at an extremely high level….consistently, for a long period of time now. Even when they lose major pieces of their team for a night or two, the rest of the team is still deep enough to carry the weight. And with Thomas and Rask backing them up? I don’t see many weaknesses on that team currently.

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