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Video: Milan Lucic engages Chris Neil in heavyweight bout

Apr 28, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

It’s not often that you see Boston Bruins power forward Milan Lucic even suffer a slight disadvantage during a fight. In fact, he fights infrequently in part because he’s feared in many quarters.

The big Bruins winger was delivering some fierce hits the first period of Sunday’s game, so Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil took it upon himself to stick up for his teammates. He engaged Lucic in quite the memorable fight, as you can see in the video below:

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Here’s a great photo of the fight via the Boston Bruins:


  1. steelers4385 - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Awsome. Its to bad we live in a world of morons. I mean football is number one for me but i always loved hockey also. How could anyone like soccer more than a sport like this. So much action.

    • thehighcountrybear - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:14 PM


      Maybe you should expand your world, live around fewer morons…you may find yourself enlightened?

      Were you to attend soccer games in Europe or South America, you’d get an idea. I’ve been at games in Barcelona, Berlin and Glasgow. Even as a visitor, the atmosphere and intensity of fan support was mind-blowing! Google the teams, check out the size of the stadiums…they’re massive. Follow Champions’ League or World Cup coverage…checkout the viewership world-wide, in the hundreds of millions!

      Try and find NHL scores during your travels outside of North America? Not likely, they’ve never even heard of ice-hockey…thoroughbreds, English football, European soccer, rugby, tennis, sailing, yes, ad nauseam!

      Yet, none of those sports rely on fighting as part of the game’s attraction and purpose…go figure?

      • ibieiniid - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        i love how telling HCB’s answer is of how much soccer f’ing blows. nowhere did he mention the GAME of soccer. he mentions that the fans go crazy (we know, google “grenade explodes on football pitch” or any one of the millions of hooligan riots after matches, or about Andrés Escobar), the size of their stadiums (which I don’t see how that’s a testament to how good the game inside of it is, but ok), and how many people watch around the world. nowhere is it mentioned how good the games are… because they aren’t.

        1 or 2 goals in an hour and a half is not fun to watch. that’s equivalent to a game and a half of dump-n-chase in the NHL… but they’re running on grass instead of using the friction of the knives on their feet to melt a small layer of ice, propelling them at 30MPH. and if ANY player in the NHL dove like some of these soccer players do, they’d be laughed off the ice every single night. there’s some “divers” in hockey, but they RARELY fake actually being contacted like I’ve seen soccer players do. nobody wants to watch their sport infused with theater like that.

        also, hockey no longer needs to “rely” on fighting. we saw how thoroughly the fans came back after this last lockout… and I assure you, it wasn’t for the fighting.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      Do these morons know the correct use of to and too?

  2. jeff2000m - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Chris neil is a goon that will be benched during playoffs while looch will be playing every game. Looch was at the end of a minute and a half shift and STILL tuned him up. Neil is lost in his bouts against looch. Give it up u punk ass!!

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      Lucic is a goon, also…and wasn’t he benched already this year?

      • jasol20 - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM

        I disagree with pretty much all of this. Neil is not a “goon”. John Scott is a goon, but guys like Chris Neil and Shawn Thornton can definitely play the game. Maybe won’t play every (or any) playoff games, but still decent hockey players, not total liabilities on the ice.

        And sorry, but Lucic is far from a goon, and also still far from Chris Neil’s level. Although his performance this year doesn’t exactly help my case, Lucic is capable of being a major factor and deserving first-line player. Yes he was benched for a game, but everyone goes through slumps. His last 2-3 games have showed major improvement and he’s been an offensive threat with a major toughness factor.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:12 AM

        For what it’s worth, I do agree these guys aren’t just goons – was actually just trying to get under ol’ what’s his name’s skin. It’s easy to hate them, I’m not a fan of Boston or Ottawa. But, because of that, I really do enjoy watching them beat the snot out of each other.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        Lucic isn’t even able to be a goon anymore. He’s basically become a pylon on the ice who assists the other team by starting out their breakout with a solid first pass

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      Dude…I just finally watched it (I couldn’t the first time)…looks like Neil gave Lucic an ‘out’ and he took it!

      • nunan - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        Looks like Lucic could have pounded him when Neil went down but he let up and let Neil get back on his feet. Also, as for the headline, Neil engaged Lucic. Not the other way around.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:22 PM

        Not sure, I’d suppose he could have, good point. Both of those players are on the same level as far as I’m concerned, both very tough, good for little else. Those are the players I love watching beat the snot out of each other.

      • mp1131211 - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:50 PM

        I think nunan is right. Neil went after him and Lucic took the bait. IMO, its stupid to be fighting on the last game. Playoff positioning is important, but why risk a concussion or some other stupid injury like the Bruins have seen multiple times from fights. …… guess its fitting for Lucic, though. Not too much upstairs for that goon

      • andrewproughcfe - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:06 AM

        Looked to me like Lucic got hurt, gave up at the end. Neil looked tired, but Lucic looked beat.

    • babykaby - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      I can’t speak about the Western conference, don’t get to see them enough, but I can tell you without a doubt, in the east, Boston is the dirtiest team with the dirtiest players. If they don’t play dirty, they can’t win, so they play dirty. Coach is a big pig, too…………… Sorry pigs.

      • rdurk86 - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        Smoking hot sports take here people, take note. Good topic to discuss in a post about Neil challenging Lucic. Great work.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        No doubt that Boston is the dirtiest team in the NHL and coach Clod Julie-Ann is the biggest crybaby after every game. Once upon a time, a very long time ago, they used to be a respectable team, but their diving & crying is embarrassing for the game.
        Here is a good clip of him crying and whining….

  3. kgun80 - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Lot of respect for Neil for doing his job. As a Sabres fan I can tell you,if you let Lucic knock your guys around they feel it and will be looking over their shoulder the entire game. Decent scrap.. Lucic got the best of Neil though.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Neil pummeled Lucic and now Lucic is going to be looking over his shoulder for Colton Orr to deliver him a few knuckle sandwiches in the first round. Lucic is going to have a sore kisser after the Leafs beat them in five.

  4. jeff2000m - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Hockeywd..same level? R u retarded? Lol? 4th line neil haha??

  5. rg3isvictory - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    After a second view of the video evidence, Neil had a slightly better fight than Milan. For one, he took an important player off the ice for the Bruins. Second, he stunned a much bigger Milan and chose to lay off him at then end. I’d prefer Milan over Neil any day as he has much more skill, but this fight wasn’t his best or smartest moment for the Bruins.

    • ryanw822 - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Fight wouldnt have ever been close if Lucic didnt give Neil a chance to redeem himself by letting him up.

  6. thehighcountrybear - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I’m sure the Maple Leafs would have preferred the version of Lucic sleeping his way through the season and on into the playoffs to show up in the first round?

    Awake and pissed-off, may have been made the most dangerous player in the east…

    • greenmtnboy31 - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Lucic is a pylon and won’t be effective against the Leafs and he’s proven that all season long. Neil punched the feces out of him and now Lucic will be scared of another beating, probably by Colton Orr in the first game against the Leafs and of course many of us will enjoy watching one of the dirtiest players in Boston (and that’s not easy when you have a guy like Marchmallow) take a beating.

  7. hawkeedawg - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    High Country…more Verbal Diarrhea from your spout.

    I and anyone who has traveled to Europe has been able to get NHL scores, stats and watch sometimes on the Tely.

    IF Europe had no interest in hockey, why all the players in the NHL and National Teams vying to get into the Olympics. It is not at footy level like you say, but it is definitely there.

    I have never had a problem getting NHL news, anywhere in the world actually. Only continent I haven’t been to is Africa.

  8. helladonks - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Are you seriously telling me that hockey isn’t big in various regions of the world other than North America?

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