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Enjoy this GIF of Milan Lucic breaking his stick

Jun 23, 2013, 8:08 PM EDT

Losing is frustrating.

That’s something almost anyone can understand. It’s the kind of simple fact that explains holes in walls, dents in doors and broken remote controls.

NHL players are not immune to the blind rage that sometimes accompanies the agony of defeat. Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic is having an impressive 2013 Stanley Cup Final series, but maybe that makes defeats like Saturday’s 3-1 loss in Game 5 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Lucic showed that frustration by breaking his stick over a goal post, which captures in mesmerizing GIF form:


(Click on it to watch it an endless loop in its own window, if that’s your thing.)

  1. chicagobtech - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Why that is not an Unsportsmanlike Conduct call is beyond me.

    • 19to77 - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Because it was preceded by a blatant uncalled trip on Torey Krug that should have caused a Bruins power play instead of an empty net goal.

      • myspaceyourface - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        Playing the puck. . . It was part of the play.

      • chicagobtech - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        It was more a rehetorical question than a “Why wasn’t this incident a penalty?” question.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        Playing the puck does not negate a trip. I’m glad you starting watching hockey because it was on NBC instead of the Voice one night but learn the rules before you spout out incorrect statements.

      • hockey412 - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:01 AM

        Playing the puck doesn’t negate a trip – but it sure as hell isn’t as easy as Boston fans would like to make it (i.e. he went down, so it must have been a blatant trip) – there is merit to the fact that if the opposing playing makes contact with the puck first (before Krug fell) then the “trip” is not so much a trip.

        If, in the opinion of the Referee, a player makes contact with the puck first and subsequently trips the opponent in so doing, no penalty shall be assessed.

        Anyway, how does a team that throws so many punches, hits in the back so much, and in general plays dirty every chance they get (even when the situation does not warrant being a goon) complain about Krug not being able to stand on his skates?

      • mjdkid100 - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        Absolutely 100% a trip. There’s no arguement.

        It should have been 6 on 4 with about 18 seconds left. Absolute joke.

      • dt58 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        I think the joke is that out of the 60 minutes of hockey played, you’re focussing on 1 play. You’re right, that was the ONLY missed call all game and that 1 missed call cost Boston the game. They weren’t outplayed, out-shot, out-skated and out-classed at all…

  2. theskinsman - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    I just hope he takes his frustration out on the Hawks tomorrow night. With Claude insisting on playing Jagr, basically making it a PP for Chicago every time he’s on the ice, it’s going to be an uphill battle. BTW, stop whining about non calls, the hawks have been more than fortunate the whistles are being left silent this series.

    • hockey412 - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      If Lucic wants to help his team, he should sit this one out. He had no interest in playing hockey on saturday – he was right back to trying to goon it up the entire game. That’s not what Boston needs.

  3. titansbro - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    The game had already ended jackass.

    • kotteintheslot - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      this was right after the empty netter. there was still a few seconds left on the clock.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    The game had ended and you clearly forgot that the NHL throws out the rule book when the playoffs begin , that’s what led to the empty-netter , the trip on krug

  5. rbern11162 - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Bull crap , there was 15 seconds left when the trip occurred , the moment the puck was touched by Chicago , play is dead . Power play Chicago , they still would of had a chance .

  6. puckmepuckyou - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Jagr = Power play. Lol

  7. detroitcityy - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    That was a solid golf swing they should have lost early so he could use that on the golf course

  8. malkinrulez - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    My new screen saver!

  9. tfilarski - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    pretty sure this one is better. Rask eating ice after smashing his stick

    • mp1131211 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      Excellent! Thank you!

  10. northstarnic - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Thank you tfilarski! Hilarious.
    And all you Bruins fans harping about the (appropriate) non-call need to try to watch these games with an objective eye. The Bruins are constantly getting away with sticks to the faces of the hawks, shots to the head, punches in the back of the head/slashes across the legs after the play. constant chippy BS that you would refer to as scrappy play but is actually just cheap, dirty play. It’s almost funny every time they play a Marchand “highlight” reel, It inevitably includes him sticking his stick in some guys face after the ref has already gotten between them. Tough guy

    • spitfisher - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Actually you are the one who is hilarious

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      Shaw and Marchand are the exact same players and do the exact same thing after whistles so enough with that garbage.

      You are an absolute moron if you think that was not a textbook trip.

    • hockey412 - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      Gad, THANK YOU. I’ve been saying that the entire playoffs, but as soon as anyone mentions it Boston fans jump in with slurs. I’ve never seen a team take so many liberties as far as punching, hitting in the back, sticks up high….it’s painfully obvious, and it has been since the first game of the second round. Boston is playing cheap, and dirty.

      They have become like Philly in the fact that they are starting to get away with some very dirty play simply because the refs don’t want to call too many penalties.

    • mjdkid100 - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      Absolutely 100% a trip. There’s no arguement.

      It should have been 6 on 4 with about 18 seconds left. Absolute joke.

  11. esracerx46 - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Strike 2?

  12. dt58 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Enough about the non-call. Did you watch the game? There were way more non-calls that could have went both ways and changed the whole dynamic of the game. Suck it up

  13. kotteintheslot - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Can we all just agree that the refereeing has been egregious all playoffs for every single team and move on?

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      No, because the moron writer likes to stir the pot.

      Fire James O’Brien

    • 19to77 - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      God yes. Nobody on any team knows what they can or can’t do anymore. No consistency means players aren’t sure where the lines they can’t cross are.

  14. Stiller43 - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:48 AM


    That sh*t was gold.

  15. arbruins - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:12 AM

    Game 6 tonight, all the other games are over and it everything comes down to tonights game…I would love to see a game 7. Lucic is very competitive and O’Brien is a complete tool. He should be writing scripts for something like the Springer show. I am not even sure that still exists but, I can’t think of a better place for him.

  16. matt14gg - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Only thing Lucic should have been mad about at that point was that he had the puck coming through the neutral zone with about 1 minute left and he….wait for it…..lost control of the puck and turned it over even though no one was on him. Lucic is feast or famine. He has bad hands, like most other Bruins. It sucks, when games are close, but the Bruins have a LOT of laborers, and no finish carpenters. Chris Kelly’s open net post in game four was a great example of what the Bruins offense is. They just don’t have any “pure goal scorers”

    • 19to77 - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      They HAD Seguin for that last year, but this year (and especially in the postseason) his scoring touch has just plummeted. Krejci, Bergeron and Horton can be great finishers too, but the Krejci line been pretty quiet in this series after lighting up the other teams they played. Chalk a lot of that up to Keith and Seabrook being the best D pair they’ve had to face.

      Considering Krejci and Bergeron are tied for second in goals in the playoffs and Krejci leads the League in points by six, I’d say it’s pretty unreasonable to claim they lack goal-scorers – they’re each only one goal back of Patrick Sharp for the goal lead. That’s a lot of finishing power – give credit instead to Chicago’s much better defense and goaltending compared to their previous opponents.

  17. h8rgnh8 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    The Bruins and their fans are so whiny. Suck it up and play the game. Get the Whambulance ready if the Bruins lose tonight.

    • matt14gg - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Did you really just use the term “whambulance”? Please tell me you’re 8 years old, cuz otherwise that’s pathetic.

  18. h8rgnh8 - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Yup I did. Felling better now that you called someone else pathetic, such a tough guy you are?

  19. reddawgsrule - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Lucy didn’t hit enough Hawks in the head (didn’t break his stick on their heads) during the game so had to break it on the goal post. BAM BAM, BAM BAM BAM!!!!!

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