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Bruins’ Lucic calls Canadiens’ Emelin ‘a chicken’

Mar 25, 2014, 1:43 AM EST

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Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic unleashed on Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin – but not with his fists.

Lucic had some strong words for Emelin following Monday’s heated match-up between the two Original Six rivals, which was won in the shootout by the Canadiens.

Lucic took issue with a hip check Emelin threw on him in the first period, drawing a response from Zdeno Chara. And Lucic didn’t hold back his feelings of the hit, or Emelin.

“Whether it’s fair, legal or whatever you want to call it, if he wasn’t scared, he would stand up and hit me and not go after my knees,” Lucic said, as per ESPN Boston.

“It just shows how big of a chicken he is that he needs to go down like that to take me down. It shows what kind of player he is, and on my end, you know you’ve got to keep your guard up at all times.”

Later in the game, it appeared Lucic caught Emelin with a spear, however he denied that.

There was another incident in the first period, in which two members of the Canadiens were hurt. Forward Dale Weise was hurt on a hit from Bruins’ Kevan Miller, who was called for cross checking on the play. Habs’ forward Travis Moen stepped in to fight Miller, but was knocked to the ice after taking a punch to the side of the head.

“I hope [Weise] is all right — both those guys. To be honest with you about the hit, I felt bad about it. I just kind of bumped into him,” Miller told CSNNE.com.

“I think he was a little off balance. I stood there just trying to make sure he was okay for a second, and Moen asked if I wanted to go. I just hope they’re both okay.”

118 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. slickvb82 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Clean check, Lucic is a little bia and needs to shut his mouth. I hate how NHL players now, after a good strong check, feel the need to get up fight after. Take the hit like a man.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:22 AM

      Umm that isn’t new, that’s the garbage the anti-fighting crowd throughs out there

      • slickvb82 - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:26 AM

        say whaaa!?!? if you mean me by “anti-fighting crowd” you’re wrong. I love a good fight in hockey, but I can’t respect a guy who gets hit and wants to fight cause of it.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        hockeyflow, you like seeing your team’s players get jumped after they throw clean checks? i don’t see how anybody can say that’s “garbage.”

      • ibieiniid - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        also, lol @ “throughs”

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        Wow, that’s bad. It wasn’t even late enough for me to justify using the incorrect throw. I’m going to blame autocorrect haha.

      • stevefromsacto - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        B.S., hockeyflow. A good solid hip-check is one of the best plays in hockey. It takes a lot more skill to do that than the thugs need to drop their gloves. You want fights, turn on a cage match. Get rid of the goons and play hockey.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        I’m not against clean hits or hip checks and never had a problem with Lucic getting hit. If he takes exception to it or is fed up with other stuff and this was the last straw I have no problem with a guy wanting to fight after a big hit.

      • bravesfan1966 - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:26 AM

        That’s the garbage the anti-fighting crowd THROWS out there, not THROUGHS out there! Even my spell checker underlines “throughs” to let me know it’s not even a WORD! Through IS a word, but it rhymes with “threw” which sounds the same and has a different meaning. Illiterates abound!!

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        @bravesfan1966

        Yea, I know. That’s why I also owned up to it. Thanks for a timely reply douchebag.

    • sabatimus - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:30 AM

      Clean check? You mean that low bridge to the knees? The same low bridge that Brad Marchand committed a few years ago and got penalized for it?

      • slickvb82 - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM

        Clearly you never played hockey, cause thats what we call a hip check my friend. There was absolutely no hip to knee going on there. Unfortunately we don’t see the hip check like we used to, so I’ll give you a pass on your “low bridge to the knees” comment.

      • sabatimus - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:52 AM

        If that’s a hip check, then what Marchand did was also a hip check and should not have been penalized.

      • sabatimus - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:52 AM

        A hip check is what Boychuck does every game against the boards. This was knee-targeting.

      • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:14 AM

        That was a good solid hockey play, classic hip check and the reaction is what we’ve come to expect from Boston. Goon it up after one of your guys gets laid out on a clean check.

        Comparing that with a Marchand duck to the knees is being a homer. I noticed Marchand and Eriksson both kept their head up when they were on the ice, so at least they’ve learned something.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:18 AM

        the difference with Marchand is that he did it not to throw a hit, but to get out of being hit. I honestly thought the reaction to Marchand was an overreation, because he caught him in the thigh, but at least Emelin’s was a hockey play on the puck. Marchand had the puck at his OWN feet for that one.

      • joey4id - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:25 AM

        Someone is a little bias sabatimus. Emelin targeted the knee, yet his hip made contact with Lucic’s thigh.

        At no time did Marchand’s hip make contact with Salo thigh. It was a clip, and Salo never touched the puck. You’re objectivity is skewed.

        http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/thigh

        thigh: the part of the lower limb in humans between the hip and the knee.

        44.1 Clipping – Clipping is the act of throwing the body, from any direction,
        across or below the knees of an opponent.

        A player may not deliver a check in a “clipping” manner, nor lower his own body position to deliver a check on or below an opponent’s
        knees.

        An illegal “low hit” is a check that is delivered by a player who may or may not have both skates on the ice, with his sole intent to check the opponent in the area of his knees. A player may not lower his body position to deliver a check to an opponent’s knees.

      • dentals1 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:59 AM

        Really Lax? They goon it up after every clean hit? Weaver wrecked Paille with a clean hit and no one on the Bruins even gave it a second thought.

      • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        Yes really. Don’t kid yourself, they gave it a thought, but they knew they were just trying to keep up with the Habs at that point. Even listening to the home announcers who kept replaying that hit trying to find an elbow that didn’t exist. It’s the same reason Coach Julie-Ann was screaming from the bench AGAIN.

      • thehabsnation - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        @dentals1 actually Gregory Campbell tried to fight Weaver after his big clean check on Paille.

      • dentals1 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        Home announcers Lax? Really? Game wasn’t on NESN it was a national broadcast but as long as you got it right in your head.

      • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        Yes, homers, really! Are you trying to tell us all that the knuckledragger Milbury isn’t a homer?

      • pahkthecah1387 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        @ laxnhockey The “home announcers”? the game was nationally televised you nub on NBCS! The habs played an excellent road game last night and Budaj earned them the win, anyone with eyes saw the bruins dictate the tempo and pace of that game for the majority of the time, however Budaj and the Habs D/PK unit had an unreal game, good win. Emelin and Lucic go way back that’s what prompted the response to that particular hit. I know the majority of you guys unabashedly hate the Bruins but try and be a little more objective.

    • sabatimus - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:55 AM

      I will say this: I believe one reason why the Bruins lost was because they got frustrated by the play of the Canadiens, particularly Emelin and Subban (who once again grabbed an opponent’s stick – Marchand’s – and high-sticked himself with it in order to draw a penalty), and they let it get to them and took dumb penalties.

      • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        Bergeron embellished a high stick call later also, right when the refs were trying their hardest to give the B’s the game. Someone needs to check Jacobs bank account right around the start of the third period for large withdrawals haha…

        This was a clean hit, and I think that Emelin may have just exposed an achilles heel on the big man…I would ADORE it if he started a trend with that. No reason for the 7 foot sloth to come looking for a head. Looked like Boychuk learned a thing or two from Thornton too….great to see. Classy guys. This is where Claude is supposed to jump up and slam the other team, right? Just like always?

        I just hate the whole mentality that goes along with Bruins games. It’s even evident at the end of the game. Three stars: Budaj (they kind of had to go there, eh?), Rask, and MILLER? A guy with no goals, no assists, 1 hit, and basically only came in and threw an illegal hit and then fought a guy? Really…the guy that just about injured two players….yes that’s what’s important to Boston media. And we’re supposed to care about Lucic….right. Such a phenominal team, and so hard to like because of all the BS. Boo, Boston.

      • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM

        ok, Subban high sticked himself, alright. Have another beer you moron.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:19 AM

        easy with the beer-bashing, lax

      • sabatimus - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:25 AM

        Hey lax: Subban’s done it before. Look it up.

      • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        I know Subban has won the Norris Trophy before, and I know Marchmallow always has his stick up in a scrum and his a$$ down low when a hit is coming. Look it up.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        i don’t have a horse in this race, but Subban didn’t deserve that Norris.

        (that’s called stirring the pot, my friends)

      • pahkthecah1387 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        @hockey412 the Bergeron high stick was far from embellishment take of your Rouge glasses.

      • pahkthecah1387 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        @hockey412 the Bergeron high stick was far from embellishment take off your Rouge glasses.

    • sens101 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      Definitely a clean check. Don’t know what all these B’s fans and Lucic are crying about. There is no need to fight after clean checks like that.

    • rrsm53 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      good strong check, you troll he took him out at the knees. Emelin is pissed because he tried to check Lucic 2 years ago in Montreal and blew out his knee and lost the season and part of the next. If he stood up for himself i would have more respect for him but it is a typical Canadian cheap @ss thing to do, hit and turtle.

      • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:28 AM

        Lucic is the one who didn’t stand up for himself when he was laying on the ice while Chara came in and jumped Emelin from behind. That’s why Chara got the penalty for being a dirt bag, which they called roughing. Boston can’t skate with Montreal, 6 of 7.

      • refpete - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        Lucic is a hypocrite. Now he gets lit-up and YES CLEANLY! but has a problem. That is what is called a ‘HIP CHECK’…. Just 2 weeks ago Lucic was praising Emelin’s style of play. How he plays hard and CLEAN and HITS hard and clean and how he has respect for that type of player. Normally you would think Lucic would be up for that style, but obviously he isn’t and is it because he doesn’t like being hammered like that in his own building? Probably feels embarressed. Cheap a$$ thing to do is Chara nailing Emelin in the back, then slashing him, then the punch in the head. Why and who in there right mind would fight Chara?? No need to fight for a clean hit!! Play hockey!

      • holymakinaw - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        rrsm…is that the same kind of turtling that Lucic did when Laraque went looking for him??

      • refpete - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        rrsm53,,, inferiority complexe?
        Must drive you banana’s and keep you up at night the fact that the Canadian cheap @ss’s have the big bad bruins number huh?
        Bruins brass have built a very strong and talented team. Missing a little on intelligence, but talented. Unfortunately, you do need a minimum IQ to play also, this is where the Goons get in trouble.

      • holymakinaw - Mar 27, 2014 at 7:36 AM

        just out of curiosity rrs, how old are you?

    • boltsfan777 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Boston… always the victim; and Lucic, the guy who, when things aren’t going right, gets mad and tries to hurt someone.

    • pepper2011 - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      It’s much more complicated than that.

      Emelin, Subban, Orpik, Phaneuf – these types of players are gutless. What Lucic is saying is he that as a player you know you need to be aware when he’s on the ice. He’s not going to blind side you. The aforementioned are trying to blindside you. They generally won’t go shoulder to shoulder; they will only hit you when you are not looking and they line you up. I actually think that’s a little unfair to Orpik – he’s more like Boychuk – he does pick his spots, but he will square up on you.

      If you are going to play that way; you have to be prepared to fight. If you don’t like it, don’t run people. it’s pretty simple. You don’t see people trying to pick fights with: Loui Eriksson, Jeff Skinner, Andrew Shaw or Ryan Callahan.

      If you use your body as a weapon Like the D men I mentioned; you have to be prepared to answer for it. If you don’t want to that is fine, but don’t use your body as a weapon. You can still hit and be effective like a Shaw, Bergeron, Callahan, etc…, but just don’t run guys. not hard.

      • refpete - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        Are you kidding me??? Emelin is one of the cleanest hardest hitters in the league!! Many sports commentators say the same. He doesn’t pick his spots like Phaneuf or Marchand. And if you are coming down the left side, Subban will go for the big hit, regarless of who you are, so yeah, keeping your head UP is a good idea. Has nothing to do with cheap shots, its just right hockey sense. IT’s total BS that someone who hits hard and clean should have to fight for it.

    • c9castine - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      totally agree. lucic sounds like a whiny girl here. nothing wrong with a hip check.

      going to the media and calling another player a chicken is bizarrely hypocritical.

    • imleftcoast - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      Lucic can’t skate over there and spear Emelin after a clean hit. It’s chicken to hit a guy with your stick in the gut while he’s down on the ice. Great hit, quit whining.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      It’s a clip. Sorry you homers can’t see that.

  2. bsaures - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    What a whiny b***h. He has no problem making questionable hits on players and goalies yet when a guy hits him with a perfectly legal HIP check(it was not at his knees unlike the hit boychuk tried on Subban) he gets all bent out of shape

    Oh and FYI Lucic they do have the video of you bagging Emelin from behind the play so stop denying it.

    • rrsm53 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      the only bag here is you. The hit on Miller was not questionable it was flat out you come out for the puck you get smacked, your either a canadian fan or buffalo considering both places suck your a troll. If the coward went after him man to man would respect him but he went low and look at the hit idiot right at his left knee area where are you knees oh wait you cant see them your head is up your butt.

      • slickvb82 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        One word: GRAMMAR

      • cofran2004 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        The hip check on lucic was actually a thing of beauty. He’s just so used to dishing it out that he can’t take it. The only reason you don’t accept that is because you’re a bruins fan.

        Signed,

        Everyone that’s not a bruins fan.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        cofran, spot on.

      • refpete - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        rrsm53, You are typical of calling the kettle black! You see only what you want and your hatred of the Habs has completely blurred your vison and common sense. Actually i do think goalies that wonder out should be fair game but THEY ARE NOT and that hit from Lucic on Miller was and should of been a 5 gamer.
        Coward is spearing a guy in the jewels from behind and then denying you did it. Dumba$$, should know there are multiple camera angles out there that proove it.

      • refpete - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        I think you may have taken a few hits yourself,,, To the head of course..

    • psousa1 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      When Miller was playing the puck 20 feet from the net should Lucic have turned around and not played the puck? Go back to that clip and try to find the egregious contact between the two.

  3. bcisleman - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Lucic was caught on tape spearing Emelin in the groin so it doesn’t matter what he says. Ought to get a Shana-Ban.

    • sabatimus - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:00 AM

      Emelin must have elephantitis if that small love tap hit him in the balls. Besides, it’s not like Emelin didn’t have it coming and isn’t a dirty player, because he is (Downie elbow, Pelletier butt-end…and the knee-seeking low-bridge that wasn’t called last night).

      • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:16 AM

        Lucic could spear your madre and in the uterus and you’d make up a reason that she had it coming.

      • sabatimus - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:27 AM

        Whatever floats your boat, man.

  4. muckleflugga - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    this coming from the high-grade idiot who mowed-down a defenceless ryan miller

    less poutine and more brain food is in order for the hands-down winner of tonight’s post-game gutless goof …

    milan lucic may well displace chris neal in running for this season’s stoogie …

    done in papier mâché in the likeness of ryan kesler

    asses all

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    Grow a set and suck it up Lucic. You knocked on your ass so deal with it!

  6. muckleflugga - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    in retrospect we should be kinder to milan … given the amount of air he took after emilin’s hip, lucic got into a rarified part of the stratosphere

    rarely do you see a guy come down with frost-bitten ears

    thunk … one one thousand two one thousand three one thousand …

    clop clop ooooooooooooooof 🎆🎇🎉🎊😨😱😰

  7. jernster21 - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Lucic is such a tough guy, he even runs his mouth after his team loses the game.

  8. dropthepuckeh - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Miller was a one man wrecking machine. I don’t think the hit was a penalty to begin with but funnier is Moen challenging Miller to fight and then getting his a$$ handed to him. If Chara gets a roughing call for going after Emelin (turtle) why doesn’t Moen get an instigator? Either way Miller crushed him. A lot of fake injuries on the Habs last night, hope these guys are ok.

    • sabatimus - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:04 AM

      The hit was a cross check, and definitely worthy of the call. NESN incorrectly labeled it a board. It’s admirable that Moen stepped up to defend Wiese but Moen could be a contender for post-career CTE if he’s not careful.

    • joey4id - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Firstly, what did Moen do to deserve the instigator penalty? Nothing according to the rule book. Secondly, what’s so funny about seeing a player getting concussed to a point where he can’t stand or walk on his own? I suppose Moen was faking….

      46.11 Instigator – An instigator of an altercation shall be a player who by his
      actions or demeanor demonstrates any/some of the following criteria:
      distance traveled; gloves off first; first punch thrown; menacing
      attitude or posture; verbal instigation or threats; conduct in retaliation
      to a prior game (or season) incident; obvious retribution for a previous
      incident in the game or season.

    • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      Because Moen skated in and asked Miller to dance, and Chara came in like a chump, or we’ll say ‘like a Thornton’ and cheap-shotted a guy. Clear on that?

      • sabatimus - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        Thornton commits one very egregious and injury-inducing penalty in his whole career and now he’s somehow the benchmark for dirtiness. Please. This is NOT Thornton’s MO; he even owned up that he made a mistake.

      • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        He’s not the benchmark for dirtiness, he’s the benchmark for when a guy swoops in after a clean hit and hits a player that isn’t expecting it in an honorless fashion.

      • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM

        And before you bring it up, yes, I’m ok with James Neal being the benchmark for cheap shots to the head which are also honorless.

      • sabatimus - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:44 AM

        Well, at least we agree on something.

    • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      Really? I didn’t see Miller score last night. I did see Moen plant one on Miller’s chin and knock him down. It was an obvious penalty, but I was surprised it got called. Typical Chara jumping a defenseless player from behind, of course it took him awhile to get there because he’s soooooo slow.

      • sabatimus - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:31 AM

        At least you’re living up to your handle.

      • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        And, like hockey, you obviously have no clue what that handle means.

        Keep up the good work Ace!

  9. tougie24 - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Hits like this are borderline. It’s been called a penalty before, but it’s not a guaranteed call. Going low for hits isn’t exactly a popular thing to do.

    But can we just admit our own personal bias’ please? Obviously fans of Montreal, or just Boston “Haters” in general are going to strongly disagree with Lucic. However, if the hit was the other way around, and Lucic hit Emelin, Boston fans would have no issue, but Canadiens fans would be in an uproar.

    Feel free to downvote me now to make yourself feel better.

    • tougie24 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      Only 2 so far? I’m disappointed.

    • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:21 AM

      Lucic hits everyone, though. No one is allowed to hit him?

      He’s a big, powerful guy, and not all of his hits are clean – there’s a lot of boarding and a lot of hits to the back to his game. Lots of punches thrown after the whistle. A lot of grit, yep, but a lot of dirty play that goes with it. If you disagree, you are a Boston fan, and that’s fine by me. But when a smaller player has the nuts to do his job (after he was already hurt once doing so on Lucic), delivers a clever, clean hit, and everyone in Boston moans about it, and Chara comes in to take a cheap shot….eh…I don’t know. Seems like in this case there should be no whining.

      • tougie24 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:27 AM

        Did I say someone wasn’t allowed to hit him? Where exactly did I say that? You can’t put words in my mouth to try and further your point, and expect yourself to look bright.

        Anyway, as a Boston fan, I have no problem admitting that the Bruins often border (if not cross) the line between grit and dirty play. And I never said I had an issue with the hit. I thought it was legal. However, when you go low like that on an old school style hip check, there is always going to be a little bit of retaliation whether it’s the Bruins, Panthers, Oilers, etc. Just because the hit is legal, doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous, obviously. Hence the retaliation. Not saying anything people don’t already know.

        And one person, whether it’s in a positive or negative fashion, doesn’t represent an entire fan base. So “everyone in Boston” moaning about it, exaggeration isn’t helping your cause.

      • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        Apologies – it was the concept that ‘if the tables were turned people would be upset’, that threw me off. The tables being turned, in Lucic’s case, is the norm, not the exception. Lucic has hurt some players with his play, it’s not always clean. Yet you say people would be up in arms….the comment just sounds odd because people ARE up in arms about these hits from Boston, quite a bit. I will digress.

      • dropthepuckeh - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

        Who is whining? I agree the hit on Lucic was clean but if Chara or Lucic felt it was borderline they are allowed to police the game as they see fit. Chara got a penalty on it and paid the price. I think it was a stupid play by Chara but maybe he saw it differently or he wanted to send a message that Montreal wasn’t going to get away with borderline play.

        The difference with the Bruins is that every player will answer the bell if the opposing team feels he crossed the line. That is why Miller dropped the gloves after his hit on Weise. He didn’t want to fight Moen, a goon on skates, and take himself out of the game. He fought him because Moen kept after him and clearly felt Miller crossed the line.

        The Habs, on the other hand, would rather dive, embellish or hit and run to the bench. Subban is an embarrassment to the game. Someone so skilled and athletic shouldn’t need to pull that crap nightly. Unfortunately it works for him as he has gotten so good at it and learned not to laugh right afterwards. Granted he gets under the skin of the Bruins but show some pride.

        Kind of funny that a team employs Moen, Parros, Weise, Prust, and White has to resort to that garbage.

      • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:08 AM

        I’ll try to take these in order:

        1) Lucic was whining. About the clean hit. He doesn’t want to be hit.

        2) Chara didn’t come in and ask Emelin to dance, like Moen, he cheap-shotted him. Not the same. Might be getting hard for you to tell the difference.

        3) “they are allowed to police the game as they see fit” – eh, no, they aren’t. That’s WHY he got the penalty. Sounds like a justification for Thornton’s actions earlier this year. He thought that too. There is also a code (inasmuch as there really is a ‘code’) that you don’t send a guy that is 6’1. If Lucic had a problem with it, get up and do something about it – he wasn’t hurt on the play. Don’t send the third man in.

        4) Marchand is every bit the embarassment that Subban is. You talk about diving? Please. You only see what goes against your team. I thought Subban played as clean a game as anyone wearing black last night. But you wouldn’t see that.

      • rrsm53 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        shut you moron, obviously your a montreal fan and we know the canadians play clean game never cheap shot anyone or hit from behind or start anything it is always the bruins. How did your tough guys do last night oh yeah weise got injured when he panties fell down on the vicious check by miller right, guy is going down gets a push and his night is over because he is useless. Then big mad Moen comes in and gets his ass handed to him over nothing of a check but Emelin’s check was nice and clean right. Your an idiot everything out of your mouth is ridiculous. To bad someone doesnt clean your clock moron. But your a typical Canadian big mouth nothing to back it up with.

      • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        I can’t stand Montreal, you moron. Emelin’s check was clean, yes. I am a hockey fan. Therefore not a fan of a lot of the BS that comes from Boston. Which would include you – your post sounds more like the pre-snap rant of a psychopath. You are obviously delusional enough to be dangerous, so I’ll just nod my head slowly and back away…..try not to kick anyone today – it’s just a game.

      • ironyisadeadscene - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        No, hockey412 is a pittsburgh fan who is still bitter the bruins beat his team down in the playoffs

      • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        So everyone that has a problem with the B’s must be bitter, jealous, or a “hater”, huh. Thanks for the contribution, but no. My problems with the Bruins organization goes a bit deeper than a playoff series, especially one in which they played a clean, well-disciplined, hard-nosed, and just about as perfect as a team can play, series.

    • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      That’s a clean hit all day long against every team except the whiny Bruins, who are the only team to get in an uproar on a clean hit. It’s the NHL Milan, man up. Coach Julie-Ann should spend more time coaching and less timing crying to the refs all night.

      • tougie24 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:29 AM

        “The only team to get in an uproar on a clean hit”.

        Could you at least try to hide your bias? Any questionable hit (not saying this was questionable, it was legal), but any questionable hit causes a fan base to question a call or no call. And Julie-Ann has a Cup ring, I’d say he does a great job coaching.

      • dropthepuckeh - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        “Man up” is not something Montreal is familiar with. They’d rather trick the refs and feel smart for fooling them into penalties. I feel pretty confident that Lucic will man up with anyone on Montreal, even your five goons.

    • sabatimus - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      I actually upvoted you, because you’re mostly right about personal bias. However, as a B’s fan I’ve thrown Lucic under the bus during games before when he does stupid things–like run his mouth to the refs and get an extra 2, punching someone after the whistle, fighting someone with the talent level of John Scott. And if Lucic targeted Emelin’s knees, I’d think it was a dirty play. What Shawn Thornton did to Orpik was extremely dirty. Soderberg has gotten away with some dirty play this year. I’ve shouted at the TV and called both of them names I can’t print here.

      • tougie24 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

        I think for any Bruins fan, including myself, to deny that dirty play is a somewhat regular occurrence is completely kidding themselves. And not to take away from what the Bruins do, but they aren’t the only team guilty of it, obviously. But the B’s have that stigma about them where they are labeled the poster boys for dirty play, because of the physical style, that most teams have moved on from.

        I repeat, not trying to downplay the Bruins play style, they can be dirty SOB’s. But it’s just funny to me, to see bias get the better of people, especially on this site in particular.

  10. wishingtonredslur - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Meh hop checks have been around as long as nets and pucks.

  11. ibieiniid - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    “you can’t cut headshots out of the game and expect hip checks to not be utilized more. BRING BACK LEGAL HEADSHOTS!”

    -Anybody complaining about this hit

    • sabatimus - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      You must be looking for the Pro Football Talk portion of the site ;p

      • ibieiniid - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        i’ll leave that one alone as I don’t have time for an intra-sport debate today.

  12. dropthepuckeh - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    So Habsman who later reinvented himself as greenmtboy has now reinvented himself as laxnhockey? Why all the name changes bro? You seem awfully flaky. The only consistency is your crusade against the Bruins. Kind of funny to see. Long winter in Vermont this year I guess and you need to entertain yourself somehow.

    • sabatimus - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      That isn’t habsman’s writing style. I know because I had to endure it for eons.

      • dropthepuckeh - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        Look closely, I think he’s back…

    • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      I’m not surprised you’re confused. Get out of your mom’s basement and into the fresh air, it will do wonders for you. Well, maybe not, but the fresh air is good for you.

      • pahkthecah1387 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        “get out and ejoy the fresh air” Says the guy who has posted about idk 50 times in this thread.

      • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        Been out on the deck and in the backyard most of the day enjoying the sunshine, Sunshine. Imagine that technology you troll, now go pahkthecah and wash & vacuum it while your there.

  13. ibieiniid - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    but yo, if “Chicken Emelin” was on a menu, I’d consider ordering it.

  14. drewsylvania - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Wasn’t a hip check. Was a clip.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:37 AM

      Right, I forgot that when Marchand does it, it’s a clip.

      #homers

  15. xtrememachine1 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Does calling someone chicken work on anyone besides Marty McFly?

    • slickvb82 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Ha! Best comment yet, good stuff!

  16. shaundre93 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    I get a kick out of it when people always bring up the whole “bruins can give hits but cant take them” blah blah. Bruins can take hits for days, more than most teams. The difference is if there’s a hit they don’t like they do something about it. Doesn’t matter if it’s their best player or their worst player, the Bruins have each others backs at all times. Which is obviously why they don’t like this hit. I don’t think it was quite a penalty but it was definitely border-line. Lucic has been taking a lot of hits like that the last few years, I honestly feel like its going to be what ends his career. A serious knee injury would derail looch the way he plays, which is why I’m sure he took exception to it. If this happens with any other team it’s whatever, but its the bruins so… “Theyre a bunch of whiners” “dirty goons” “cant take clean hits”. The jealousy just pours out in every post. The Bruins are bigger, stronger, have a better offense, goalie and defense than your team. And they will punch you square in the jaw if they feel it to be necessary. Deal with it. And to my fellow B’s fans I truly feel its best to just embrace this… Even if it were Peter Chiarelli sitting behind this keyboard he would be nothing but a clueless, bias, blood thirsty bruins fan to these people for thinking its ok to stand up for your teammates every night, not just when its convenient.

    • refpete - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Typical Bruins post.

      • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        Dumb, I know.

  17. sjsharks66 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    From the angle I saw it look like the check hit Lucic in the thigh. Which last time I checked, was legal. Lucic is my favorite Bruin and I LOVE the way he plays the game. He is usually a stand up, hard nosed hockey player. This right here is just lame. Lucic did in fact spear Emelin. Did the Emelin sell it? Yeah, a bit. Do I find it ironic that Lucic is calling Emelin a chicken and can’t admit that he speared him in the groin? Yes, yes I do.

    Cut this crap out Lucic. You’re better then this.

  18. Professor Fate - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    I showed this article to my rooster and he was pissed. That rooster is one mean SOB.

  19. terrier92 - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    I’m a die hard Bruins fan and season ticket holder The bruins need to be more disciplined against Habs. They let them get under their skin and get out of their game. I understand why it happens but come on boys it’s been going on for far to long and we need to beat them on scoreboard you are the far superior team. With that said I feel like I need a shower after every Habs game I go to they the Habs drive me crazy. On another note hope Monen is ok Stand up guy but he got clocked tough one. Miller is an absolute middleweight beast saw him at a practice without shirt on and he is on ripped dude.

    • scalfor3 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Even strength shots were Bos 22, Mtl 9. Stop giving the Habs power play chances, and the B’s should completely overwhelm them. Hope the Bruins have the discipline to do so if they meet them in the playoffs.

      • thegreatmorpheos - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        They haven’t been able to do it for six of the past seven games, so be careful about wishing for them to meet up in the playoffs; that doesn’t go so well for the Bruins.

        I know because I am, The Great Morpheos.

        Go Blues!

      • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        How many points does a team get for shots?

      • scalfor3 - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        Where did I wish for them to meet up in the playoffs? Granted, that series would be great entertainment, but as a B’s fan I’d like to avoid them if we can.

        And no you don’t get any points for shot totals, but they can be indicative of who carried the play, especially when the disparity is 22-9. Hence my point that a penalty filled affair favors the Canadiens, and that the Bruins need to have better discipline against this team.

    • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Terrier92, even you should realize a “far superior team” wouldn’t lose 6 of 7. Overrated is the word for Boston.

  20. graymalkin26 - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Chicken?…I remember a couple of years ago George Laraque chasing Lucic trying to get him to fight without success…short memory.

  21. graymalkin26 - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Montreal 2 Boston 1

  22. cutelittleguy02 - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    I understand the feeling of bad bruins, because they try so hard to beat Habs, but they lose, and they lost their mind.

  23. habsfaninnb - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Lucic is a tough customer but this is classic case of whining. How about when lucic hit Ryan Miller when he was out of his crease now that was a cheap shot. The ruins can dish it out but they just can’t take it.

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