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Lucic claims double standard after misconduct for Landeskog incident

Oct 11, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins passes the puck backwards against Cory Sarich #16 of the Colorado Avalanche in the first period during the game on October 10, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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With his team down 1-0 going into the final frame of Thursday’s game, Boston’s Milan Lucic was serving a misconduct penalty because of an altercation he had with Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog towards the end of the second period. That absence hurt the Bruins in their eventual 2-0 defeat.

The incident started as a minor scrum in front of the Avalanche goal. Milan Lucic was involved with another Avalanche player when Landeskog grabbed him from behind and was subsequently knocked down by Lucic. Things escalated from there, to the point where Lucic dropped his gloves, but Landeskog didn’t respond in kind.

“I bet you if I would have pushed [6-foot-6 Avalanche forward Patrick] Bordeleau at the end of it, I don’t get ten minutes … and if someone pushed me like that at the end of an altercation I would highly doubt that they would have got ten minutes,” Lucic said, courtesy of CSN New England.

It’s worth noting that Landeskog has a concussion history and Avalanche coach Patrick Roy liked the way Landeskog handled the situation.

“First of all, we don’t have anything to prove fighting with him. I don’t believe fighting is that important in our game,” said Roy. He added that he felt Landeskog was smart for avoiding a lengthy penalty.

You can view more of Lucic’s comments as well as Bruins coach Claude Julien’s below:


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  1. hockey412 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    That’s as stupid as Julien whining about elaboration.

    Someone check him for a concussion, please.

    • pepper2011 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      You are funny. you think you know what’s going on but you don’t. Julien was talking about an embellishment call on BRUINS forward Loui Eriksson. There is ZERO percent chance Eriksson dove. it was a terrible call. He got hooked and tripped over his own feet trying to kick the puck. He also there is NO sense in complaining.

      Lucic is right too, but he needs to be aware of that. Chara and Lucic in particular get called for penalties that don’t exist at least 6 times a year(each) that are based on size and strength.
      He got kicked out of the game against Vancouver two years ago for getting jumped; The refs made a bad call. Don’t get me wrong; I think this time was Lucic’s fault because he needs to know where the line is, but he is right, if that was Downie or Bordeleau he doesn’t get ten, and if it was done to him or Z they don’t get 10, BUT by the same token – if it’s Bordeleau facing off with Krejci they get the penalty.

      • davebabychreturns - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        The fact is it’s inconsistent.

        Looch and Chara both carry reputations (Lucic moreso) that are more or less deserved, and while sometimes they are going to get stuck with chintzy calls other times they are going to get off easy, like say a two minute minor for concussing a goaltender with a hit that wouldn’t even be legal on another skater…

        But then that’s not the case here, as you said he went over the line and should know it. Unfortunately he should have kept his mouth shut on this one, instead he comes off as a petulant teenager the same way Brad Marchand often does. Oh well…

      • pepper2011 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        Lucic was the only one thrown out. He was the one at the bottom of SIX Canucks.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        lol no he wasn’t pepper…. he was the one that skated in, got pulled off the pile, threw a punch, and jumped back into the pile to cause more havoc. just sayin.

      • hockey412 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        Switch to decaf bub. It’s you that doesn’t know what you are talking about. When I mentioned Julien whining about elaboration, I was refering to his crying last year over it, for which there has been made that spoof of Marchand’s dives intermingled with Julien’s views on diving. It’s funny – if you haven’t seen it you should check it out.

        Lucic is NOT right. Most times when he’s on the ice, he’s trying to be a hard ass in some way or another. The refs finally had enough of it when the guy is grabbing up a smaller guy who’s just trying to take his monkey ass off of his teammate. He’s an idiot. One HELL of a hockey player when he actually tries to play hockey, but too dumb to matter in a close game they’re losing. Dumb enough to get himself ejected for dropping his gloves at the wrong time and then cry about how unfair the league treats him. hahahahahahahaa

      • pepper2011 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Ah. you are right it was thornton. He was the only one kicked out despite there clearly being 6 canucks on the pile. Really? to create more havoc? he was ripping pepole off the pile. you know the SIX guys on Thornton. Jesus you anti B’s people just have blinders…

        Pause @ :14 six on one. But yeah, it’s lucic’s fault for trying to make it 2-6. well 5 cause sedin ran and hide.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        And all he did was throw Hamuis out of the way to go rip people off Thornton.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        your timeline is off bud. Lucic got there after like 3 of his other teammates. once you get pulled off the pile and drop your gloves with somebody, you can’t go back in the pile. I’m not an “anti-B’s” person, just an anti-BS person.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        and what are you, blind? he ripped Hamhuis off? no. Hamhuis ripped HIM off, he punched hamhuis in the face, and jumped back into the pile. (Hamhuis is #7, right?)

      • ibieiniid - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        i may be the blind one…… that 7 is a 2. BUT MY POINT STANDS!

      • pepper2011 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        @ 412 Decaf is no good. Perhaps that is your problem. Sorry I didn’t understand your personal reference when there was an actual comment on the diving penalties in the GAME, not some week video set to jon stewart, that people actually thought was real. not a video made by an embarrased Canucks fan…

        Lucic is right.

        He didn’t get ejected for dropping the gloves. he got a ten minute misconduct.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        He was the second guy in the pile. coming from the left.

      • avscup - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        He tried to force the issue against a non fighter who clearly did not want to fight. Looch is an idiot if he thinks that is not a 10. If he stops when it is obvious that Landy is not going to fight then it is a 2. Simple as that.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        “Landy” might have a vagina. it’s as simple as that.

      • avscup - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        He tried to force the issue against a non fighter who clearly did not want to fight. Looch is an idiot if he thinks that is not a 10. If he stops when it is obvious that Landy is not going to fight then it is a 2. Simple as that.

        Great VICTORY AVS! 8-0-1 in Boston over last 9 games! Sorry’s B’s fans. It’s fact!

      • pepper2011 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        Perfect example of what Lucic is talking about. Why is he the only one. 4m + 10m misconduct.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        While you have been collecting top 3 picks; the Bruin have been playing in June. Sorry it’s a fact. Lucic’s name is on the Cup I don’t see “Landy’s”.

        Yeah- the Bruins play down to their competition sometimes. I think Buffalo beat them 2 or 3 times last year. Buffalo.

        And if we are being honest. JSG bailed you out. 3 posts and 39 saves. game could have been 5-1 Boston pretty easily.

      • mp1131211 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        totally hilarious response!

        “Chara and Lucic in particular get called for penalties that don’t exist at least 6 times a year(each)”

      • mp1131211 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        Why is it that bruins fans can understand the place that fighting has in the game knowing full well that its less about the tilt and more about the message that it sends to other teams but seem INCAPABLE of understanding the messages that referees repeatedly send to them when they get unilaterally punished for their excessive violence?

        In that video you posted, Lucic not only gets Weaver back with a cross check when he was no where near the puck, but he then mounts him and pounds the back of his head. On the street, that’s attempted murder. On the ice, its AT LEAST a game misconduct.

        I know homer’s like to wear rose colored goggles, but hands down, bruins fans are THE WORST

      • pepper2011 - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Attempted Murder? Really? You have clearly never player, or even watched that much Hockey.

        Thank you. Seriously; thank you. If you can watch that video and think that Lucic is in the wrong you prove his point that there is a double standard.

        The most dangerous part of the video was when Weaver cross checked Lucic headfirst into the boards. As you bring up attempted murder; that is the only play that could fallen under that category, not a few jabs to the back of the head during a scrum; that’s called hockey, and sending the message that we are not going to let you cross check us head first into the boards, it’s dangerous. IF you do that I will punch you in the back of the head.

        I am guessing you are a Buffalo, Habs or Canucks fan because simply put; those are the WORST!
        I can use caps TOO!

        Are you also trying to insinuate that Lucic should have been suspended and Weaver get nothing? He didn’t get a game misconduct for that because he didn’t deserve one. The refs didn’t think so.

        If it’s Neal, Benn, Landeskog that do this are you singing the same tune. or because it’s Lucic are you a little biased.

        see that’s the thing about B’s fans they get the game. I think most people not from the aforementioned cities will admit that the 10 was a bit excessive. I started the whole thing by saying he was stupid for going back, but he is right; there is a double standard. If Lucic hadn’t gone after Landeskog he wouldn’t have got the 2 for roughing. He went a bit too far, but probably should have only got an extra 2 for roughing. Lucic is big and looks mean as hell when he is angry. If that was Pretty much any other guy on the B’s. It’s 2 for roughing and not 10.

      • mp1131211 - Oct 13, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        “Are you also trying to insinuate that Lucic should have been suspended and Weaver get nothing?” Nope. I’m insinuating that Bruins fans are right there with those other fan bases that you listed. BTW, none of which I am fans of.

        More importantly, what I am pointing out is that if you want to talk about “sending messages” then you need to look a little further into the ref’s actions and see the 10 min. as a message to the Bruins. For a team that lives and breathes intimidation, this took the wind out of their sails. If Lucic doesn’t like these kinds of calls, maybe he should spend his ice time scoring instead of punching.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        That did not take the wind out of their sails at all. Not one bit. JSG did with his 39 saves. They also hit 2-3 posts. It happened at the end of the 2nd; heading into the 3rd. The B’s out shot them 14-10 (and they had the the EN goal). You need to learn Hockey.

        In all actuality the B’s should have won that game. They out shot them, had more scoring chances, out hit them and had more time of possession. So A) you either didn’t watch the game B) didn’t understand what you were seeing.

      • mp1131211 - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        Oh well. What did I expect? You’re a Boston fan. Talking is useless. If we were having this conversation in person, you would have already jumped me. Forward march, thoughtless fan! Edwards has more blindly positive things to say about the Bruins loss to Detroit today.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM


      • hockey412 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        From last year – actually I was just being an ass and stirring the pot – Boston fans get so nuts about Lucic. It’s Friday.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        lmao I feel you, i tend to start stirrin sh** up towards the end of Fridays, then i don’t get to see who replied til Monday =X

        but i’ve never heard it called elaboration, personally. only embellishment.

      • hockey412 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        HAHAHA you’re right…woops…

        I did it on purpose – Both start with E, which comes before F, which stands for Friday.

        Good catch!

    • pepper2011 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      @baby- still hanging on to the Miller hit 3+ years ago. Lol.

      and I know, I know the Pacioretty hit.

      But other than those two hits; show me something; anything since 10/11 (two years) that would lend to your theroy that their reputations are deserved. Anything…

      • ibieiniid - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        …..from the month after the Pacioretty hit.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        ….from later that year.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        you are kidding on the rinaldo hit right? seriously….he lept on the hit and Lucic’s hit was boardline, but he turned and Lucic has hit forearm in his armpit; kind hard to do from Behind.

        and the Spacek hit… 2.5+ years old.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        Pause @ :25 on Rinaldo – not from behind.

      • matt14gg - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Even Zac Rinaldo said this WAS NOT a hit from behind and Lucic should not be suspended.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        Thanks Matt!

        also- this is why B’s fans get so “crazy” over Lucic. people make stuff up. 99% of the time from Montreal, Buffalo, or Vancouver.

      • mp1131211 - Oct 13, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        I just assumed that Bruins fans get “crazy” over Lucic because of Jack Edward’s horrible homer-style announcing

      • pepper2011 - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        Every home announcer is a “homer”. Tool. Yeah, Edwards is a nut, but so is every other… National guys excluded cause that is their job.

  2. avscup - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Come on Lucic. You were grabbing at Parenteau from behind. Then you try to start it with a non fighter who only is helping a teammate. Clearly you could have realized there was no fight to be had yet you kept trying to start it. 10 minute for stupidity is not unreasonable.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      B’s fan here who completely agrees. He started it and then tried to escalate it and then he cries foul. This stupid tough guy stuff after the whistle is wearing on me. Hit em hard between whistles not after.

      It worked against a mentally weak Canucks team, now it’s a tired act.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        I disagree. He shouldn’t have done back at the end, but; this is why they are good and will be good for years.
        a) they have each others back, and Landeskog was doing the same thing initially. I think Lucic overreacted, yes, but Landeskog did give him a pretty good face wash.

        b) they are the older brother. The younger brother punches you in the arm and the older brother chases you, pins you down and beats you for 10 minutes.

      • tampashot - Oct 11, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        they get away with all the after the whistle stuff in the playoffs, so might figure it will happen in the regular season also

  3. matthews4 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Wow really? Lucic is totally correct. He is saying that there is star treatment involved here.Just like the ridiculous Kessel suspension, he is saying what i have posted forever, at what point does it become about the what instead of the who? Lucic did grab Parenteau from behind , big difference here Lucic would go if Parenteau wanted to. When you grab a man by the face from behind and act like a tough guy you should be willing to go. Landeskog put himself in that position. He also shoved back and ran his yap. Put up or shut up. Landeskog has a rep as being a little soft, now you can add cowardly to that. jcmeyer10 it is obvious you never have laced them up. He wasn’t starting or escalating anything, you protect your stars like Krecji, or Bergy who got bit in that series against Vancouver if you will remember. There is a code in hockey that you are taught at a young age, if anyone broke that code it was Landeskog. The notion that fighting and fury should not be a part of hockey, is what should become obsolete. It simply becomes ballet on ice then, it saddens me to see that so many buy into this PC crap that will eventually kill the sport.

    • thethorntonstrokes - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      This is Gabriel Landeskog, not Bergeron. Landeskog doesn’t get the “Star Treatment”. Lucic lost his cool and went after a non fighter, and tried to force him to drop the gloves. As simple as that. Lucic cost the Bruins, not Landeskog.

      • pxland - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        #1 Absolutely right.

        #2 Awesome name.

  4. joey4id - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    C’mon! Lucic should stand up and be a man. He clearly went too far against a player who had no desire to dance with him. He blew it, and cost his team. Was he frustrated by the fact he couldn’t keep up with the speedy AVs?

    It was a very impressive win for the AVs, and they are not running on all cylinders yet. Just wait until Dec/Jan. They’re going to be a much improved team. Big Mck doesn’t look like he’s quit acclimated to the level of the NHL yet.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      That’s what impressed me the most. Roy has brought a fire to them that will only make their young legs go that much farther.

  5. stepanup - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Lucic acted like a punk here. That said I would’ve given an extra 2 minute rough for the final shove instead of a 10 minute misconduct. In reality the manpower advantage for 2 minutes means more than Lucic missing 3 shifts. Also, it’s ridiculos how the Boston media makes Landeskog out to be a poor captain because he used is head and didn’t give the Bruins the momentum they feed off of from fight wins. I know that’s not said in this article but Haggerty put on his Bruins fan-boy hat and lost journalistic integrity again to mention it.

    • thesportsjudge - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Haggerty is a total moron. I wish I would have thought of it earlier(before the season began, actually) to keep a running tally of how many articles he uses the term pot(potting, potted). Not to mention there is errors in just about every article he posts. He clearly is a super homer (like Jack Edwards) but there is NO alternative. I wish Andy Brickley would write articles. He calls it like it is (for the most part) as opposed to his tv broadcast partner.

  6. matt14gg - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    BTW, all this really didn’t have much to do with the outcome. Bruins had 39 shots and couldn’t score. The one thing the Bruins have lacked for years is a pure goal scorer (please don’t say Seguin is a pure goal scorer cuz he’s not) and they still don’t have one. They are a bunch of laborers trying to do finish carpentry with sledge hammers. The reason they’re effective in the playoffs is they wear teams down, but in the regular season they run into stretches where they can’t score.

    • nunan - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      I agree with some of what you said (Seguin). However, there is this notion that they have trouble scoring. They don’t and they typically havent under the CJ system, with the exception of one year. Regularly near the top in goals scored. Look it up. Somehow, whenever they don’t score though, the ‘reason’ is bc they don’t have a natural goal scorer? The reason they are so effective, and score so many goals is bc they have so much depth and players who fit into their roles perfectly. I don’t see how sacrificing that depth for one ‘pure goal scorer’ puts them in a better position. One player, and even one line, does not make a team and it wouldn’t improve the Bs already strong offense. That strategy for building a team is what sets them apart and what has allowed them to make it to the finals 2 of the last 3 years. If they could fit stamkos into their line-up, i’d be all for it but getting players like that w/o sacrificing the depth they have is not going to happen. Also, the Bs are big and physical but that is mainly a trait of their defensemen. With the exception of Lucic, none of their forwards are all that physically intimidating.

      • matt14gg - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        And I agree with most of what you said, but please understand, just cuz the Bruins don’t have a scorer doesn’t mean I would change what they do or how they play the game. I love how they play. The only thing I would really disagree with is that, while it’s true the Bruins tend to be near the top almost every year (except two years ago) in scoring, they tend to score their goals in bunches. They do that because there are certain teams they wear down and hang 5 or 6 goals on them. Two years ago the Bruins were shut out more than any other team in the league, other than the Preds. So all I’m saying is they go through stretches where they don’t score, and the PP doesn’t help, because there is no classic sniper on the team. Again, I wouldn’t change what they do, but that’s just a fact of life.

    • mp1131211 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      right on!

  7. AppealToReason - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    I enjoy how tough Lucic is with dudes that are 30lbs smaller than him.

  8. bcisleman - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Watched the whole incident. As an Isles fan, don’t have a dog in this hunt. Milan behaved stupidly. If this were the dynasty Isles, Al likely would’ve kept him on the bench after the misconduct. He didn’t tolerate the kind of poor discipline Milan ALWAYS seems to show.

    • nunan - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      It’s only ‘poor discipline’ bc the ref reacted the way he did. Nobody would be talking about it had he not been given 10. That stuff happens in almost every game and no majors come out of it. It is about consistency. If he were expecting a major for shoving Landeskog, he wouldn’t have done it. It was a shove..not a punch. When was the last time a player was given 10 for shoving. Come on.

      • pxland - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        Lucic wouldn’t let it go. How many times do you think the refs/linesmen told them all to stop? He kept at it, because he wanted the fight to happen for his team and he had been trying the same thing for at least two shifts prior to this one.

        In this case, for me, it is my favorite team playing my second favorite team, so I am not a “hater”. Not to mention Lucic is my favorite player on my second favorite team. He was trying to get them going, and his beating Landy’s ass would have accomplished that. That’s how the B’s are successful, but if you push and push and push for too long you’re going to get the extra penalty and that is what happened.

  9. pxland - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Landeskog has nothing to prove in that situation and he wins by not fighting.

    Lucic is mad he got a ten? I don’t think Landeskog deserved the two…

  10. greenmtnboy31 - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Wow, kind of early in the season for even the Bruins to be whining. Not really surprised that one of the dirtiest teams in the league would cry like a baby when one of them gets their come uppance.

    • thesportsjudge - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Go massage TT’s 39 year old groin. You never leave his nuts anyway.

  11. canucks30 - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Yeah. Ok

  12. nhstateline - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Lucic has to be smarter than that. The incident’s over, he’s the guy they’re looking at in the middle of it then does something like he did ? Just not smart. Ten’s a lot fpr that and I thought that was a little much but that’s the risk he took doing something like that at the end of the scrum. The embellishment on Erickson was a bad call but so was the original penalty to the Avs. One of those times where the ref missed it both ways. The bigger problems were the Bruins trying to play Colorado’s game, something they’re not built to do and not playing more like themselves. Too many shots where there was nobody anywhere near the net to block the goalie’s view or get the rebound. This is the first team they’ve played this season that was much faster than them but it isn’t the last. They’d be better off worrying about how to make their system work against fast teams, especially ones that try to pin them deep in their own zone, then complaining about calls.

  13. thesportsjudge - Oct 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Lucic went over the line at the tail end of the “scrum”. He had the 2nd intermission, the 10 mins at the start of the third sitting(stewing, I guess), the final 10 minutes of the 3rd (he should have been focused on tying the game) and the time BEFORE giving his interview to calm down. Apparently he didn’t(and made an ass of himself while still raising a semi valid point) so he, or management, should have suggested skipping giving interviews that evening.

  14. mrhyperpants - Oct 12, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Lucic, quit your cry you knucklehead. Just because Landeskog didn’t fool for your stupid rough em up tactics didn’t work when the B’s are losing. Bruins aren’t a team of skill, just a load of thugs whom bully there opponents. Thick ones at that haha!

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