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Lucic on Nash check: ‘I don’t hit dirty’

Feb 21, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

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Some onlookers – including the New York Post’s Larry Brooks – believe that Milan Lucic went over the line when he hit Rick Nash in a Feb. 12 game. Lucic denied that notion to CSNNE.com, though.

“I’m just trying to fore-check and do my job. I’m just trying to do what I get paid to do. I don’t hit dirty,” Lucic said. “I’ve had one [supplemental discipline] call about a hit in my six years so far. So you can criticize me if you want, but whatever. I’ve had dings where little guys have hit me too, but I was fortunate that I didn’t have to miss any time. If I targeted the head then the league would have been looking at it very closely. We’ve got our own team here and our own things to worry about.”

That check has fallen under scrutiny because Nash has been sidelined with what some believe might be concussion symptoms. (The Rangers haven’t been very forthcoming with that information, though.)

Here’s video of the hit that Lucic, 24, delivered on Nash, 28:

Lucic didn’t receive supplementary discipline for the hit.

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