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Report: No suspension for Lucic spear of DeKeyser

Apr 19, 2014, 12:42 PM EST

Milan Lucic, Niklas Kronwall AP

It was the groin shot seen all over the Internet last night and Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic may have just gotten away with it.

According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, Lucic won’t be suspended for his spearing incident against Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser. Lucic speared DeKeyser in the groin from behind and was not penalized for it. Kypreos said Lucic could still face a fine for the play.

The Bruins were frustrated by the Red Wings during Detroit’s 1-0 Game 1 victory and Lucic took an opportunity to take advantage of a situation in which the officials eyes were elsewhere.

Lucic got away with a similar move against Montreal’s Alexei Emelin back in March. Lucic was frustrated with Emelin for a big hip check the Canadiens defenseman hit him with earlier in the game.

Update (1:12 p.m. ET): Lucic spoke after Bruins practice.

  1. cambannedloinstache - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    At least he didn’t bite a gloved finger or pull hair… that’s something this organization won’t sink to
    /s

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Lucic needs to take a skate right in the nads. Go Wings. I wanted the Bruins to win because of Iggy. Now I want them to be swept out in the first round because of that goon piece of garbage.

  2. bleedrangerblue - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Boston strong. Lol. Dirty play. Boston weak more like it. Go Rangers!!!

    • sabatimus - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Walk down the streets of Boston and say that. See how far you get.

      • claudegirwho - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        Classic internet tough guy

      • micasa81 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        Sabatimus, do you really think that people’s willingness to jump anyone on the street who says “Boston Weak” is what “Boston Strong” is referring to? I live in Boston, and I get the sense that a lot of people conflate this New England, macho, blue collar mindset with the actual resilience and outpouring of help and sympathy for the victims that was shown in the wake of the bombing. The latter is the real “strong” in Boston, and it has nothing to do with whether people would beat a stranger up on the street for insulting the city.

        That said, I think you’re justifiably p!$sed about the jabs at Boston, especially given that yourself and almost every other Bruin fan here have cut Lucic loose for this one. I think what all of us non-Bruins fans would like to see going forward is for the fans, team and local media in Boston to be a little slower to get on their high horse about “playing the Right Way” when the next gerfuffle erupts between the Bs and the Habs, Pens, Canucks, Sabres, Leafs, etc.

      • mp1131211 - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        lol – I lived in Boston through the 9/11 attacks. People were pulling any old arab cab drivers out of their seats and beating them, some nearly to death. You are right. He wouldn’t get far if he said that. Probably not something you should be proud of.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Say it around me and I’ll stuff some chowdah down your throat.

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Well, if you want to be a douche and talk about “Boston weak” how about we bring up those buildings that fell on 9-11?

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        Sure you’re not a New Yawker?

      • thesportsjudge - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        No. It just bugs me when people use a national tragedy in a sports post. There is no need for it.

  3. mshantz22 - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    I understand that it’s playoff hockey, but it’s no excuse for being a pr*ck.

  4. mrminkus - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    So this is what we have learned from this past week’s events: You can do whatever you want to someone else’s package… just don’t grab your own.

    • mp1131211 - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      lol! spot on!

  5. toddhwbrewer - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    What a joke. A repeat offender walks away with just a slap on the hand. It just boggles the mind that a player to show an “intent to injure” and get away with it.

  6. roylp - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    That’s the NHL for you. I guess they only protect the upper head on players and not the lower one.

    • mrminkus - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Does that mean that if someone else were to do this to Lucic, they would be suspended for 25 games for actions possibly leading to brain injury?

  7. m1lla7 - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    What a joke the NHL is.

  8. buckeye044 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Would it be different if they were up 1-0 in the series?

  9. benzoids - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Garage League

    • JoeAvg - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Agreed. The league itself has no sack so they don’t know how it feels I guess. A fine..eh. What’s the max, 10k? Pocket change for these guys.

  10. bleedrangerblue - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Dude I lived in Boston for 4 years. Proudly wore my ranger my jet jerseys…. Boston weak for the dirty play

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Learn how to reply, clown.

  11. sammysah91 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    As a ref I’d be watching Lucic for a retaliation after the strong play by DeKeyser, as for the league who have the benefit from watching spear over and over on highlights and for both not to do anything is a joke! Good job NHL you just made Lucic invincible to dirty play.

  12. phillysports1 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Wow !!!!

  13. bensawesomeness - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    In the playoffs, suspensions should really only happen when EVERYBODY sees that it’s a dirty play – when Boston fans are agreeing that this was a dirty dirty play (see: other post) than it should be a suspension

    Gotta get this stuff out of the game

  14. sjsharks66 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Boo! That deserves at least a game..

  15. alicesrightfootesq - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    “I pride myself on playing within the rules” Lol gtfo

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Rules to what game? Snooker?

  16. twinwildflyer - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Lucic has always been a dirty player. He should at least get fined.

  17. penvik - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Boston being coddled by the NHL discipline office. Shanahan signed with the Leafs so no more suspensions?? He should be gone for 2 games minimum. More if he is a repeat offender

  18. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    If that was the PHILADELPHIA FLYERS HOCKEY CLUB the whole team would be suspended

    • theageofquarrel - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Nice one Eiggles

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        Did you really like that one ?

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        Age,,, you know the Pens will win their first round fairly easy the Jackets will have their moments but never really threaten and thats a tribute to how good the Pens are,, the Jackets played pretty good down the stretch !

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        Age did my YINZER reference or hatred for the Pens give me away,,, or both ?

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        Nice to see Elmo is at it again.

  19. timmons94 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    But according to bruins fans James Neal is dirty. Wow. Lucic is such a piece of garbage. Always has been. Always will be

    • dropthepuckeh - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      James Neal is dirty, has nothing to do with this though. There are a lot of dirty players in the league….

    • macgrubie - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      Neal is still worse IMO. He exclusively goes after players heads when they can’t protect themselves.

  20. boomsox2013 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    The NHL caters to these tools so much it’s disgusting, I think the Bruins get treated better than the Penguins and crybaby Crosby do tbh. Go Habs Go

  21. theageofquarrel - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    That’s ok. It will be worth it when Detroit bounces them from the playoffs.

  22. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    What a royal joke!

  23. jpen66 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    If he doesn’t get a suspension for the disgusting cheap shot the NHL is sending a message that it’s ok. He should be suspended for at least 2 games and so should Corey Perry for his spearing of a Dallas player last night.

  24. zico25 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    I’m by no means a Boston fan, but those that keep saying “Boston weak” are being disrespectful of the true purpose of what “Boston Strong” is for. It’s for the survivors and people of Boston to unite after the terror bombing at the Boston Marathon last year. It has no place in sports trash talk. Give it a rest, and think of a better way to jab at another teams’ fans.

    • drewzducks - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Your mistake is assuming these commenters have the intelligence to come up with something creative of their own.

      • zico25 - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        Very true, my mistake indeed. Apparently there are currently 23 down-voters with little to no respect for humanity either. Mind blowing people just don’t give a care about needless loss of life and tragedy.

    • pittsburghmohawk - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      When Boston based sport teams use the slogan on shirts withe team emblems, it becomes fair game for trash talk in the sports world. Maybe if the Boston teams didn’t abuse the slogan and leave it for the survivors of the marathon then it wouldn’t be an issue. The Bruins and Red Sox have both capitalized on the saying, opening themselves up for well deserved ridicule.

  25. ironyisadeadscene - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Where’s the outrage on Perry’s spear to Benn? (For the record, Lucic was stupid and deserved something

    • sixchr - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Perry’s not a Bruin.

  26. sticks169 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Plays within the rules? What planet is he from? He can dish the hits but cannot take one without losing his mind. That’s playing within the rules? The Bruins get away with way too much crap after the whistle with all of their cheap shots.

  27. nj666 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    the NHL “Where its ok to smash another guys balls, but dont you dare grab your own.”

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      NJ ,,thats a great one !

  28. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    It’s the playoffs, the best should play the best. Suspensions for sideshow antics don’t happen. They especially don’t happen when it’s against Detroit. Weber, Malkin and now Lucic.

    • oldfatbaldguy - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      Yeah, but this isn’t the same thing. Weber and Malkin both did things to Zetterberg after the game was over that were an attempt to put him out of the series. This was just particularly obnoxious agitation. I’m a Wings fan, too, but until the league gets serious about brain injuries, which it certainly hasn’t done yet, I can’t see this being anything more than a fine.

  29. bleedrangerblue - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Did you get that Sabatimus??

  30. Hard to BeLeaf - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    It’s no wonder the dirty stuff never goes away. The league simply doesn’t punish the intent to injure… only the result.

    When it’s that obvious what their intentions are, it shouldn’t be too hard to punish the guilty player.

  31. benzoids - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Lucic is a piece of trash…albeit a big one. No need for that. With that being said, I’d trade Craig Adams for him in a heartbeat.

  32. jonnyhammersticks - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    I’d love to hear the NHL’s logic as to why Quenneville grabbing his junk is worse than Lucic or Perry spearing someone else there.

  33. kendog1 - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Disgrace to the nhl. Wimpy penalty to Lucic sends a message that the league has no class or dignity. Roenick and what’s his names comments are ridiculous. What a couple of chowder head Neanderthals

  34. bleedrangerblue - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    For real? It’s unreal what I read here.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      It is business as usual for NY a $$holes to blame an entire city for the classless actions of one man. You go, girl!

  35. bleedrangerblue - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    And I’m referring to mp….

  36. dewman8810 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Milan Lucic: “I don’t know what I was thinking. I pride myself on playing within the rules, and that’s obviously something I can’t be doing”

    Yeah, ok Lucic… that’s why you did the SAME thing with 8:11 remaining in the Game to Drew Miller.

    Lucic and Marchand are gutless. Both are worse than a guy like Sean Avery ever was.

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