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Video: Milan Lucic’s brutal fight with Joel Rechlicz

Sep 23, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

If the 2013 preseason is teaching us anything, it’s that games that “don’t matter” can still leave players hurting. Monday provided another example, as Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic fought brutally with Washington Capitals tough guy Joel Rechlicz:

That’s an impressive round of fisticuffs, no doubt, but you have to wonder how the Bruins feel about their 25-year-old power forward dropping the gloves in a heavyweight bought during a preseason game.

There’s no word on Lucic being banged up from the scuffle, yet it’s certainly a risk, especially against a seasoned pugilist.

Rechlicz, 26, engaged in a second period fight against Johnny Boychuk, too:

  1. matt14gg - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    That kid gave Lucic all he could handle. Looch might have had the edge, but not by much.

    • fenway22 - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      First that “kid” Joel Rechlicz is a year older than Lucic…..

      And Joel Rechlicz got his ass handed to him. In boxing that would have been a 10-8 round.

      • bmoreredfury311 - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        im sorry, last i checked this is a hockey fight, not boxing.

      • fenway22 - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        bmoreredfury311 are you really that dumb? Do you not know what the phrase “would have been” means?

        Take a few online courses and get yourself an associates degree or something.

    • hockey412 - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      That’s either crazy or delusional, to say that Lucic won that fight. The quote “There’s no word on Lucic being banged up from the scuffle, yet it’s certainly a risk,”…really says it all. Lucic didn’t get his ass kicked, but he sure as hell didn’t win.

      Who instigated the second fight, Boychuk or Rechlicz, anyone know?

      • pepper2011 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        Lucic won the fight. no doubt. I give credit to Rechlicz for being able to take a punch (or ten) but it was close/a good fight.

        I love the Lucic haters; they just can’t handle a guy that can play physical and be one of the toughest players in the league and net 30. It’s Jealousy! It’s sad really. IF Pitt makes the playoffs they will be out in the first round. NO DEPTH whatsoever. and if you happen to be a Flyers fan, but you clearly don’t understand tough hockey( so I can assume you are not) no playoff chance for you!

        They both landed a few towards the end that had pretty much nothing behind them. The thing about Lucic being ‘banged up’ I would assume is talking about his hands. Also, there is no word that about Sid being banged up, but it’s certainly a possibility. C’mon Penn be a little smarter.

      • hockey412 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        DUDE ARE YOU SERIOUS??? I am starting to absolutely HATE blinded Boston fans! Lucic looks downright woosy at the end of that scrap, and he WON? You’re CRAZY!

      • hockey412 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        And this had nothing to do with Pittsburgh, jackass – let’s get that out of the way – it’s not trolling, just a comment based on a completely blinded, homer comment made. You want to see trolling go to the Fleury article and look at who is the FIRST to chime up. There ya go.

      • pepper2011 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        I have no idea what you are talking about.

        Lucic did not look woozy. He looked Gas. I hate people who don’t understand hockey. at all. and then comment about it. He skated a shift threw a hit and then had a battle. If you notice they were punching each others hands at the end. They both called it a day cause they were gased. Rechiliz was bleeding Lucic was not. As he was skating off the ice he looks down at his messed up hand.

        Also MAF is a terrible goalie. Have fun. Good thing you’ll be throwing out two lines of AHL’ers.

      • hockey412 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        Sutter? An AHL’er? Jokinen? AHL? Funny. You’re right about one thing, I hate when homebodies that only like the sport because of their home team, no NOTHING about hockey, and pretend to.

        Here you go, jackass…this is about as impartial as it gets. Lucic lost.

      • pepper2011 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        Also- considering he finished the damn game; I am guessing he is alright. But yeah an ambiguous comment makes you 100% right. He cause you quoted some pretty bad writing cause any due diligence could have figured that one out.

      • pepper2011 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        Lucic is one of the most disliked guys in the league; doesn’t surprise me that it’s TIED you fool.
        it’s 44% to 43.4% – if it will make you feel better I can set up an account to vote and even it out.

        nice try though.

        And I am sure lots of people voted for Rechilz because he actually had the balls to stand in there. It was close, but he lost. Honestly I don’t really care. I just find your lack of knowledge amazing.

        A) he finished the game
        B) Rechiliz is fighting for his career. Literally.

        Vitale, Adams, Glass, D’agastino are all boarderline. (I Like adams) and Beau Bennett is very uproven, so he could really go either way. He’ll be 22 soon after the season starts which in this day and age isn’t that young anymore. That would be like calling Jordan Caron out 2nd line winger- he actually has more NHL experience and points, and he didn’t have the benefit of college hockey – usually those guys are a bit more ready (depending on school).

        so yeah sorry- you have 7 reliable forwards and that counts both Sutter and Jussi is was invisible for the last tow years in Carolina.

        you still have absolutely terrible goaltending.

      • pepper2011 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Haha. Lucic is officially the UNBIASED winner now. That sort of backfired on you. tool.

      • forsch31 - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Homer much? It’s always a bad sign when you’re pulling out the old “everybody hates him” excuse.

        Congratulations…Lucic held his own against an AHL guy. Must be proud.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Sep 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        Rechlicz instigated both, and was penalized as such for both. Whenever there was a hard clean hit, he was there to show his stuff.

      • pepper2011 - Sep 24, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        @forsch31 – I could care less if Lucic “held” his own. My opinion is he is a dude that I would not want to eff with. That seems to be a popular sentiment around the league as well, as there are not very many people willing to drop the gloves with him and those who are do not have the same skill level – as you pointed out with your AHL comment.

        Yes, he had a pretty even fight against an AHL’er. I don’t understand your point. Lucic is one of the top players in the league (evidence by his TC invite).

        Yes, many other teams fan bases hate Lucic. They think he is a goon and a cheapshot artist. It’s not being a homer; it’s being literate. The only other guy in the league who I would put in the group would be Clarkson – although I think he’s not really a heavy weight, but he can score and is fearless. Tom Wilson could turn into that type of player.

        Personally, I don’t want Lucic fighting. Just like I don’t want Chara fighting because there isn’t anybody in the league that is a fair trade off. I would love to see Lucic or Chara drop the gloves with Scott, but the risk of losing one of those guys to a broken hand/orbital/concussion is too great. It would be like criticizing Sid for not dropping the gloves with the 21st guy on a roster.

        y’all are babies who can’t stand the or understand that the Bruins are tough and play the right way. they instigate VERY little. They just don’t put up with anything and have a plethora of guys who are highly skilled and can handle themselves. The majority of teams can’t seem to fathom that they don’t need to waste roster space with useless goons if you can throw the likes of Lucic, Chara, McQuaid, Boychuck, Iginla (horton), Campbell and Thornton. I mean think about that almost 40% of the guys on the Bruins guys that can hold their own against just about anybody. That doesn’t include Seidenberg, Krug, and Paille who aren’t too shabby either.

        If you haven’t noticed teams like Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa are trying to get tougher with guys who can play. Buffalo too, but they don’t get it. at all.

      • hockey412 - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        “y’all are babies who can’t stand the or understand that the Bruins are tough and play the right way. they instigate VERY little.”

        Surely you jest. If you are that delusional, good day to you. Not safe to be talking to you.

      • pepper2011 - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        just about what I expected. Ignore 90% and then make a statement no with examples or facts behind.
        Penalty breakdown: 2012-13

        Pens 13
        B’s 07

        Unsportsmanlike conduct:
        Pens 8
        B’s 4

        Game misconducts:

        Pens 2
        B’s 0
        Fighting/PIM per game:

        Pens 23/11.73
        B’s 32/12.17

        instigator penalties:

        Pens 0
        B’s 2

        Ok- So, maybe you were confused. I guess they instigated two fights: they will defend each other (Geno starting a fight with Bergeron comes to mind too) I guess I wasn’t really referring to fighting, but dirty play – which if you look above the Pens do in spades. What this tells me is the Pens run around boarding people and taking dumb penalties (PIM per game vs. Majors) and they are too cowardly to take responsibility for what they have done. I couldn’t have imagined these numbers being as far in the B’s favor as they are, but it is all right there. This tells me the Bruins will fight, but don’t run around looking for it, and the Pens run around looking for it but won’t fight.

        as much as I love non factual blanket statements that have nothing behind them, try doing some research. Look up some things, again it’s like how it’s radio silence when I rebutted your Pens forward depth response.

        Pens, Sabres, Habs and Canucks fans seem to be the one that think the B’s are a dirty team. The teams like: LA, Det, Toronto, Chicago, Rangers and even Philly all seem to have a healthy respect for each other for their style of play – You know the markets with fans that actually understand the game.

        I will await your response with NO examples that I am delusional despite that I have given you evidence that what I am saying is actually fact.

      • theskinsman - Sep 28, 2013 at 7:01 AM

        Lucic clearly won that fight. I didn’t know Stevie Wonder posted here.

      • hockey412 - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:13 AM

        Did he clearly win it?

        More people think that he lost. Not that reality ever mattered to a B’s fan, but I guess that’s just what you guys do!!

        Chin up buddy – the world needs delusional retards too.

      • theskinsman - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        Because ‘more people’,according to a slack jawed mouth breather like you say so. But carry on, that is until you have to go to bed,school night and all that.

  2. withseidelinn - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    I can’t even imagine what Rechlichz’s brain looks like…

  3. hocsocmom715 - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    I truly enjoyed watching Lucic get his ass kicked.

    • sabatimus - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      Too bad that didn’t happen here.

    • drewzducks - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Also Smith would like his booze back booze bag.

      • drewzducks - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:53 PM


  4. hocsocmom715 - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    matt14gg … what fight did you watch? Rechlicz clearly had the upper hand. You may want to rewatch it.

    • bcisleman - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      Looked to me like they both got their licks in…though to hear the Boston announcers it was all Lucic.

      • yankeehawk - Sep 24, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        put the audio on mute and watch the fight…’s not as lopsided as the “homer” announcers make it seem….

      • shaundre93 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        Cool it, Jack Edwards is definitely a homer. As a bruins fan I love it, but I get why not bruins fans would hate em. Don’t EVER say anything bad about Andy Brickly though. The man is a hockey genius. If you ever watch with Bruins announcers try to ignore Jack and just listen to Andy, you will walk away feeling more educated on the game of hockey

  5. bmoreredfury311 - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    I like the heart and fight from Rechlicz, something this team has been missing.

  6. gmenfan1982 - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Video not showing on app.

  7. killerpgh - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Was Jack Edwards watching a different fight than the one (Lucic vs Rechlicz) the video showed?

    • kirkmcleansbaby - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Jack Edwards is probably the BIGGEST ‘homer’ in all of sports broadcasting! I’m pretty sure he has ‘Cartman Syndrome’ and only sees what he wants to see!

    • 19to77 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      No, he’s just being Jack Edwards. If Lucic had been traded to the Capitals earlier that night and Rechlicz went the other way, he’d have called the fight a total domination by Rechlicz without a hint of irony.

  8. drewzducks - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Slight edge to Lucic. Much like Rechlicz, second fight was worthless.

  9. titansbro - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    The vids almost never show up on the iPhone app.

  10. capsfan19 - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:03 PM


  11. afrozenpond - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Great scrap…Jack Edwards is a worm

  12. stakex - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Its debatable who won the fight, but either way the announcer was incredibly annoying. Even if Lucic did win, he got his ass kicked just as much as Rechlicz… yet to listen to just the announcer you would think Rechlicz never threw a punch.

  13. ryanw822 - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    If Mike Tyson wore a B’s shirt and Frank Bruno wore a shirt of another team, you haters would still say Bruno won the fight.


  14. alswingman - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Lucic does not need to be doing this in preseason. Doesn’t matter how many shots he got in, he also took some punishment. That’s not what he needs and not what his team needs. Lucic needs to get a lot smarter about picking his fights. Save his best stuff for when he needs it. At this rate he will be out of the game before his contract is even up.

  15. bruins18 - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    U guys saying Lucic got his ass kicked are just as much homers as Jack Edwards is! That was an even fight but Lucic clearly landed a few cleaner punches all the rest were basically blocked by each others swings smh.

  16. buffhockeynutt - Sep 24, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    It seems Jack Edwards is working very hard this preseason at taking his Tooldom to new heights; and it’s working! (and I have to listen to R. Jeanerret, so I know a Tool when I hear one). Hopefully, A. Brickley will butt end Edwards with his mic before regular season begins.

  17. wethog66 - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    That Lucic/Rechlicz fight was about as even as a hockey fight can be, IMO. Rechlicz even fought back towards the end. So I rank it even in regards to the fight, but in the end Rechlicz won because he got Lucic off the ice for a nice stretch of time.

    Anyway, WTF is Lucic doing fighting in the pre-season? Not very smart.

    Also, Jack Edwards is a sad joke.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Sep 24, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Lucic really didn’t have a choice, Rechlicz threw his helmet and gloves off before Lucic even had a chance to think. He’s not the kind of guy to skate backwards and swing a stick at skates in that instance.

  18. mp1131211 - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Yet another horrible announcing moment for Jack Edwards. This fight is way better on mute.

  19. slysipops - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    good grief, the BRUIN fans must just be as blind …OR BIASED the HOMER NESN announcers! if LUCIC has scored on 1/3 of the punches the guy gave him credit for, the other guy would have been looking like raw hamburger.speaking of which …he sure kept quite when RECHLICZ was pumping rights into LUCIC ……..ONE AFTER ANOTHER ! was it love ? OR just sucking up to keep his job?

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