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Lucic game misconduct penalty rescinded

Jan 7, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

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The NHL has rescinded the game-misconduct penalty that was assessed to Milan Lucic in the wild first period of the Bruins/Canucks game Saturday afternoon. Initially, the on-ice officials ruled that Lucic left the bench to join an altercation. With the benefit of replay, league officials saw that Lucic had initially jumped on the ice during a normal line change, then was starting step back onto the bench before getting involved in the scrum.

Here’s the explanation from the National Hockey League Senior Vice President and
Director of Officiating Terry Gregson:

“The referees reacted to what they saw,” Gregson said. “The only player they saw coming from the bench area from either team was Lucic. But with the benefit of replay, we can see that Lucic had previously entered the ice over the boards legally to join the play and actually was contemplating stepping back onto the bench through the door when the altercation ensued.

“It should be further noted that a review of the video confirmed that all players on both teams involved in the altercation had entered the ice legally for the purpose of joining the play. None entered the ice for the purpose of joining or starting an altercation, which is prohibited by Rule
70.”

NHL Rule 70.1 – Leaving the Bench reads: “No player may leave the players’ or penalty bench at any time during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation.”

Yeah, we could watch these two teams go at it for seven games in June again.

  1. stratomaticfan - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    So, basically the League is admitting that they jobbed the Bruins by giving Lucic a game misconduct and keeping him out of action for 55 minutes erroneously.

    • polegojim - Jan 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      No… basically, Thornton is a childish punk for his little girl move. If you want to fight a man, be a man about it, don’t hit him with your stick as you both skate off the ice.

      Thorton should call Ian LaPerrier and get some manhood lessons.

      Lappy would skate up next to you, talk for a second, and say – ‘We’re gonna go right – now or later?’

      • gallyhatch - Jan 8, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        You mean like the way Thornton dropped his gloves & threw down with Weise yesterday? Is that what you’re referring to?

        Oh wait that fight didn’t happen, why not?

      • rdurk86 - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

        Wasn’t it Burrows’ little childish tap of paille that go the whole thing going? Or was it Burrows’ childish act of trying to poke Thornton in the face/neck with his stick? Let me know when you figure it out.

  2. neelyisgod - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Regular season loss, no biggie.
    Stanley Cup Champs, PRICELESS!

    With or without Lucic for this game, we still have the Cup.

    Anyone listen to post game comments from Bieksa on 98.5? What a sore sport. 100% ass clown….

    • drewsylvania - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      What did he say?

    • imleftcoast - Jan 7, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      And you have everyone’s balls in your mouth. F’ck you Boston.

      • gallyhatch - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:40 AM

        Another intelligent hockey comment from this guy.

        Hey lefty, want to see the picture I have of me with the Stanley Cup? I got to see it up close in Boston in October, the day before the Bruins raised the 2011 championship banner to the rafters. 2nd best week I had in 2011.
        Want to guess which week was #1?

  3. drewsylvania - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Congrats Vancouver, you proved that you can barely beat a team that thanks to poor reffing was down two of its best players.

    • chrisdanielcanuck - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      hey drew, umadbro? It was an awesome game to watch from both sides, canucks should have won that game and did, lets see them both get to the finals again for an epic rematch. (now let the flaming commence)

      By the way in advance, “you burned down your city, sedin sisters, you lost the cup” have no relevance to what happened during the game today. The worst thing in the world is sore winners and losers.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:27 PM

        To cap off your stupidity, you claim that I wrote that bit you quoted.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      To cap off your stupidity, you seem to forget that the Bruins beat the Canucks in the Finals because their best defenseman and half their top six were injured and the league helped by giving Rome an unprecedented four game suspension in the Finals.

  4. cowboys282 - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    So now can the NHL rescind the Canucks win? Obviously I am joking but seriously why couldn’t they use the replay for this in game? They took one of the Bruins best players and best goal scorers out for almost the entire game because of a MISTAKE by the refs. Very disappointing on the NHL’s part. People paid big money to go to this game and see the stars play.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      There’s a precedent, rightly or wrongly, that penalties should not be “challenged”. Probably not the best idea to undermine the refs further. Instead, they should have GOOD refs.

    • salmon90 - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      I agree that Lucic getting tossed was unfair but you gotta say the Bruins getting a goal on a no brainer icing call was bad too.

      • scott24105 - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

        And the Canucks getting a power play goal on a phantom call evened that out. Refs screwed Lucic. They did get the call right on that coward Weise though. Hansen too

      • soupy19 - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:35 PM

        You mean just like the brutal icing call that the canucks got just before they tied game 5 last year against san jose? Should have it been called an icing? Yes. But Schneider shouldn’t have had his hand up for so long because the refs waved the icing off very quickly. And when I was playing hockey when i was 5, my coaches told me to play whistle to whistle. Should be fundamental

    • rdurk86 - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      I wonder why the refs can’t go back and look at the video replay to see if people jumped off the bench. I think the NBA has a similar rule where the refs can look for players jumping off the bench on replays.

  5. crmgoodness - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    And please don’t forget the 2 man advantage after that gutless team sent a 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and a partial 7th (Sedin) man into a fight…46.16 suggests that at least one of those cowards should have been assesed a game misconduct….I actually feel bad for Canucks fans…your team is universally reviled…play like a bunch of cowards…flop and dive….bite and turtle..talk bigger than they play…and in general have no respect for hockey code…congrats on your 2 regular season points…now if only your starting goalie could win a game here

  6. ajsjr40 - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Six Canucks jump one Bruin and they end up with a five on three PP and the Bruins lose their 1 LW? Bag job!

  7. habsman - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Have the Bruins ever lost a game when it wasn’t the refs fault? Can’t remember.

  8. ajsjr40 - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    No. Nobody can beat the B’s but the refs. Deepest, fastest most talented team in the league.

    • habsman - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:23 PM

      Thats what I thought, always the refs fault.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:28 PM

        While your team uses the police.

    • cmdaw - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      As a B’s fan, that’s ridiculous. Today they beat themselves, it had nothing to do with the refs.

  9. stakex - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    While its obvious Lucic shouldn’t have been thrown out of the game, I’m not really sure why the league would bother to recined the game misconduct. Its not like its a suspension that goes on his record or anything. All the league really needed to do was say they were waiving the 10 game suspension that comes with a leaving the bench penelty.

    • soupy19 - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      It would have gone on to his record in some capacity, I believe.

    • cmdaw - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      Because saying they were waiving the 10 game suspension would be saying that he left the bench illegally, just not for the reason of joining a fight or starting one. Rescinding the misconduct says that Lucic actually did nothing wrong at all. One says he’s kind of guilty of doing something wrong, the other says he’s innocent. Very different if something should arise in the future where supplemental discipline comes into play.

  10. istallion - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Canucks are irrelevant IMO. Bruins will own them in the playoffs assuming Canucks can get to the finals.

  11. bospat - Jan 7, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    City of Champions baby!

  12. cowboyscanada - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Yeah yeah yeah,,,whenever the bruins lose, its always the ref’s fault,,,

  13. numbcracker2109 - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Bottom line, on this particular call the bruins got screwed. It doesn’t mean they win the game but having their top line winger for the whole game would’ve been nice.

  14. janetsmz - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    The Bruins are a bunch of rats that the new NHL should be embarrassed about. The whole team is a disgrace to the game itself. Jeremy Jacobs should be ashamed of himself.

    • crmgoodness - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:56 AM

      I think you are confused…Rats are the ones that do stick work and bite then hide behind 5 teammates, rats challenge another player to a fight and then back away to draw a penalty, rats flop, dive, flail and grab their faces to get on the power play…Sure Marchand is a rat but even he will drop the gloves and account for what he’s done…can you give an example of what makes the bruins rats other than they are better than the team you support?

    • gallyhatch - Jan 8, 2012 at 7:30 AM

      Hey janetsmz, who do you root for?

  15. neelyisgod - Jan 8, 2012 at 5:09 AM

    Gotta love the angry Cuntucks fans. Still angry over the Cup loss. Still angry at the Islanders & Rangers too? LMAO!

  16. gallyhatch - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:34 AM

    Good news for Canucks fans is that they won yesterday.

    The bad news for Canucks fans is they root for the Canucks.

    Your big money franchise goalie looked great on the bench yesterday. How good do you all feel about the fact that he didn’t even express an interest in playing? That guy’s got a hell of a competitive streak in him.

  17. babar61 - Jan 8, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Wow, really? What a joke. No matter what Luongo does people rip him. He was good to not say anything and support Schnieder and the team. If he had said anything people would say ” what a whiny loser, stop crying and complaining! Blah blah blah blah” .

    Since I used to live in BC for a long time I realize there are a ton of really dumb Canuck fans. However, some of the posts on here by Boston fans are incredible. You want to talk about making excuses and being a whiner.

    • gallyhatch - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Compared to posts from i’mleftcoast? Come on now.

      And can you blame Bostonians for thinking Luongo’s a trash talker who can’t back it up? I mean the evidence is kInd of there.

  18. numbcracker2109 - Jan 8, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    I think the Canuck fans here take the cake with their delusional ramblings. The bruins are the rats? Keep telling yourselves that. It’ll make it easier to root for that joke of a team you have Up there.

  19. govtminion - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Sometimes the calls don’t go the way you want, unfortunately. This was a big mistake by the refs, and I’d really like for there to be some sort of system in place to handle this in the future- if not a review of penalties in general (bad idea), at least something as big as a misconduct for sure. If we’re going to throw someone out of a game, there should be some way for Toronto to pipe in and say ‘wait a minute…’.

    But, hey, every team has calls that go their way, and some that don’t. Yesterday wasn’t Boston’s day with the refs- it happens. Between that and the surprising five minute call on Marchand, that definitely crippled the Bruins. But they’ve also had their share of calls that have gone their way (they were offsides on the third goal, I think it was the third one anyway). That’s just hockey- you deal with it or you don’t play.

    Very good game, obvious these two teams still haven’t forgotten about the weirdness from last summer, and I can’t think of any good reason that we wouldn’t see these two all over again for seven games in June.

  20. babar61 - Jan 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Oh yes, Luongo the notorious trash talking goaltender. The guy who once said “I would have stopped it”. I can’t really think of any other example that would qualify as trash talk. Guess what, he was still within a game of a cup. However, they lost to the better team and he ate those words hard. You are really going to question the competitiveness of a guy who is in the nhl, one of the top in his position, and won a gold medal in the olympics? Asinine.

    • blomfeld - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      Yes Luongo, the notorious trash talking goaltender who also once stated that he doesn’t care which team he’s playing for, just as long as “he” wins the Stanley Cup, etc …

  21. blomfeld - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. “True rats” are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the Canuck rat or “Rattus Canuckus”. Many members of other rodent genera and families are also referred to as rats and share many characteristics with true rats, though none nearly as much as Rattus Canuckus.

    • deterrant25 - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:26 AM

      You’re a nerd.

      By the way, no one looks more like a rat than Marchand. But, if he stopped with the stupidity, he’d probably be seen as the great player he is. Skilled, quick and tough. However, if he keeps up his current ways, he’ll be lumped in with the Matt Cookes of the NHL.

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