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Lucic fined $5,000 for spearing DeKeyser

Apr 19, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

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Milan Lucic won’t be suspended for spearing Danny DeKeyser, but he will have his wallet punished.

The NHL fined Lucic $5,000 for spearing DeKeyser from behind in the closing seconds of the second period of the Bruins’ 1-0 Game 1 loss to the Red Wings on Friday night.

It was reported earlier today Lucic wouldn’t sit out any time for the obvious incident. It’s the second time in a month Lucic has gotten away with spearing an opponent in the groin. Lucic went unpenalized and wasn’t fined for spearing Montreal’s Alexei Emelin in March.

Lucic could’ve been fined a maximum of $10,000 by the league, but the NHL didn’t opt to go for the full monty.

Following practice on Saturday, Lucic told reporters he’s “not that kind of player” but admitted he’s done it only three times in his career.

Game 2 between Detroit and Boston is Sunday afternoon at TD Garden.


  1. billsin20xx - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    What a BUSH league not to suspend him. What other pro league (or amatuer for that matter) wouold allow a player like that to go unpunished, and I mean a $5000 fine is unpunished!

    • qwerty007qwerty007 - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Slap on the wrist….

      • chanceoffleury - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        Hardly even a slap. Playoffs are more lax than regular season. $5000 is more like him and his grandma having a sit down where she concernedly holds his hand and says “Milan, what have I told you about playing nice with Danny?” in her little grandma voice.

    • mwojo586 - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      Unacceptable. I swear Shanahan refuses to do anything to a player when it is against the wings. There is substantial evidence to support that claim.

      • mwojo586 - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:14 PM Just one example

      • thephillyfanclub - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        First of all shanahan is not in charge of player safety anymore and if he was lucic would have been suspended, he might not have been perfect but at least he was consistent. This is pathetic that there was no suspension especially considering he did the same thing to Emelin not to long ago. He got the the same punishment as hartnell who poked Brett Bellemore in the stomach while bellemore was coming after him, Bellemore hardly even flinched, i just re watched it, this is a disgrace, he didn’t even get the maximum fine, I don’t want to sound like a typical biased philly homer, but if this was a flyer, I guarantee you they would have been suspended. Absolute Horses***. I can’t remember who they replaced Shanahan with, but whoever it is, is really blowing these calls, at least Hartnell was looking bellemore in the eye when he “speared” him.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      This brings new meaning to the term ball hockey.
      The NHL fine system is way out of whack when a coach, who makes far less than a player is fined 25,000 for touching his own and Lucic gets 5,000 for whacking someone else’s. So wrong!

    • kendog1 - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      Gutless player punished by a gutless response from the NHL. Sadly, it makes the NHL a joke in (and out) of the world of sports.

  2. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Thats funny that means he can afford to do it the whole playoffs !

    • jcmeyer10 - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Multiple times a game. This is just sad.

  3. einjzmolf - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    I guess since Corey Perry got an ‘interference’ call for spearing Jamie Benn last night, he won’t even get a call.

  4. tas750 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Coach Q grabs his own junk & gets 25k….so he should’ve speared Hitch for 5k?

  5. hieronymous27 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    A $5000 fine for spearing two players inside of one month? The NHL is sorely lacking in testicular fortitude.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      27 thats a great one !

  6. dan46778 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    That pocket change for humble

  7. dan46778 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    For him damn autocorrect

  8. paperlions - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    “I’m not that kind of player, I’ve only done it 3 times (that I remember).” Um, hey, jackwagon, that is 3 more times than almost every other player in the league and means that you actually are that kind of player.

    I guess the Wings should just jump on him and pound him in the nuts if all they’ll get is a $5K fine out of it….the 2nd time they do it.

    • chanceoffleury - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Agreed. If you send a 4th liner out there to do it in the 3rd period, especially if you already have a lead, how much are you really costing your own team? Even if you’re making the league minimum, a $5000 fine is about 1% of your salary. If Mike Babcock came to me and said “Chanceoffleury, give me 1% of your salary and you get to spear Milan Lucic in the balls.” I wouldn’t be able to get the money out of my wallet fast enough. I also wouldn’t be able to shamelessly skate away fast enough after I did it, but if the opportunity ever arose I’m just not confident it’d be one I could pass up. Some 4th liner in the Wings lockerroom has that opportunity tomorrow.

  9. sjtorpitt - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Whoa! They sure taught him a lesson!

  10. esracerx46 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    The new discipline czar is worse than the last one! What a joke!

    • nunan - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      you’re one of those people that just complain about anyone and everyone. Complaining about shanahan or whoever runs things now is like complaining about the weather…just a tired, stale argument. Truth is, you’d be unhappy with any decision it’s not them, it’s you. Also, since this has happened before with other players and there haven’t been suspensions, and thus no precedent, you’re not going to see the league suspend someone for this for the first time in the playoffs. Perry would be suspended, too..

  11. esracerx46 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    What’s the difference between purposely taking your stick to the nuts of a player and purposely using your stick as a baseball bat to the head of a player? The intent to injure was the same. Lucid is one step away from pulling a Happy Gilmore and trying to take his skate off and stab someone.

    As a Hawks fan this pains me but LETS GO DETROIT!!!

    • drewzducks - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Bickelll just tried to end the career of Sobotka and Seabrook just headhunted Backes with a shoulder to the head. Those who live in glass houses. Personally I appreciate players playing at or occasionally over the edge. It’s gonna happen especially during a hard fought playoff series. Just lose the holier than though attitude. It’s unbecoming of anyone who purports to be a fan of the sport, with all it’s warts…

  12. stangz11 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Lucic has a base salary of $6 million this season…so explain to me how the max he can be fined is $10,000?? What?

    • gallyhatch - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      It’s what the NHLPA and the league agreed to in the CBA.

      Players and the league are happy with it, what does it matter what we think?

  13. bruinsfan1953 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    James Neil would have gotten a raise

    • hockey412 - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      No me gusta tu madre

      Cheap shot artist, mistaken as tough guy…no wonder you’re trying to deflect, i’d be ashamed too 😦

      • dropthepuckeh - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        Lucic is as tough as they come. Take a look at hockey fights if you aren’t up to speed. James Neal hides behind his visor and his teammates. Looch would gladly drop the gloves but has to be restrained by the team bc he is so valuable on the ice.

        This was a stupid thing to do but at least Lucic acknowledges it was stupid and needs to stop, Neal is still in denial. Accountability is the first step to cleaning up the game.

      • hockey412 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        So why doesn’t he actually stop it then?

      • sabatimus - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        I agree that Neal has nothing to do with this article. But at least Lucic doesn’t target people’s crania or knee them in the face.

      • hockey412 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        He doesn’t? Wasn’t it him that ran Miller?

        Neal’s got nothing to do with it – you’re right. So leave him out of it. All the “this, AGAIN, was bad but not AS bad” makes you all sound like a bunch of immature babies.

  14. therealtrenches - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    What a crock. If Lucic played for Philadelphia he would’ve received a substantial suspension and a fine. This is not a first offense.

    • thephillyfanclub - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Couldn’t agree more

  15. 33to22 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    NHL is a joke. Best game, worst organization. Jeremy Jacobs clearly has Bettman by the balls.

    • michael91148 - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      agreed but guess that’ll only cost him $5000 :-)

  16. sixchr - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    He didn’t deserve a suspension but he should have been fined a heck of a lot more than $5k. As a Bruins fan, I can’t stand seeing this garbage. The Bruins are physical and play on the edge which obviously results in the perception that they’re a “dirty” team and this crap pops up on occasion it just reinforces that perception (accurate or not). The first one he did was cheap but it was just a tiny little tap, this one was flat out egregious and deserved a significant fine. Message to Lucic: stop screwing around and just go play the damn game.

    • dropthepuckeh - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      Maximum fine is 10k and this is his first fine so $5k is appropriate. It isn’t about the money here it is about the message being sent to the player – basically a warning and documented infraction should the player do something again.

      • paperkid96 - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        Sending what message? I paid an equivalent higher fine for parking 38 minutes in a 30 minute parking spot. He assaulted the guys twig and berries.

  17. nunan - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Crap move but Lucic is a beast, I don’t care what you say. If you piss him off, he’s going to get you somehow and I love that quality about him. One of the few players in the league that can just go blind with anger and start taking people out, doesn’t try and hide it..Actually thrives on that emotion. He’s a rare breed and a throwback to the old days of power-forwards. Let’s be honest, he’s never head hunting or taking knees out, which are all career threatening and MUCH worse than anything he’s done. He’s just looking to put you through the class, punch you in head, or stick tap you right in seeds on occasion…all while putting up 60 points regularly. Love his rage. Hate these people who get all high and mighty about every incident and talking about how it’s making a mockery of the game. Relax. The game is great, occasionally it gets dirty…something happens every night..your team not excluded.

    • mackattack29 - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Stick “tap”… lol okay… how about I stick “tap” you in the gonads as hard as lucic did and then you let me know how much you like it… I’m sorry do you want any kids? Woops I just let my anger get the best of me… my bad. But at least I’m a beast… gah bruins fans.. smh.

      • nunan - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        Clearly, I wouldn’t like it…who likes getting punched in the face in a fight? Nobody. What is your point? We’re talking about hockey here…none of this is new. Also, use less abbreviations. no idea what you’re talking about there at the end. Lucic is a big, mean, revenge driven individual. I wouldn’t want him to change in any way. It’s what make’s him so effective and so unique. If there is an occasional cheap-shot, then so be it. Again, nothing he does is ever career threatening. deal with it and move on instead of getting on a soapbox and trying to make some point. You’re not going to change a game where players take liberties with each other on occasion. It’s a losing argument. He was’s over. You clearly miss 99% of the great contributions he makes every night, part of which is because of his tenacity and his approach to the game.

  18. timmons94 - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    A few years ago he uses his stick to a lightning players what point does the NHL suspend this pos. Chara. Marchand. Thornton. Cheap shot artists

    • mackattack29 - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Exactly. The game would be SOOO much better without them.

    • sabatimus - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      I’ll agree that Lucic is cheap. Same with Marchand (though this year he’s dialed it back a bit). Chara and Thornton each did ONE thing (one of which wasn’t even a penalty, or dirty), and neither of them had a prior history of being dirty. Someone screws up once in a career, and you call them a cheap shot artist?

  19. mackattack29 - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I’m just so disappointed in the league. Not even mad anymore. It’s just sad that plays like this have become common occurrences and the players that do it have nothing to fear. If you go back 50 years you wouldn’t see this stuff very often because the players knew that they would have to pay for it… In today’s game because of the way the rules are set up it condones actions like this and deters people from ever being held accountable for it. Lucic knows that he won’t get in trouble and so does the rest of the league. I guarantee every player who saw this happen and saw the consequence now understands that this is viewed as “not a big deal” by the league. Which will just detract away from the actual sport that some of the players are trying to play… gah sorry for the rant it’s just tough watching this happen to the sport I love and not being able to stop it. It’s like being in a grocery store and seeing terrible parents poorly handling a bratty kid and just knowing that there is nothing you can do to keep that kid from turning into a douchebag. Lol

    • dropthepuckeh - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Are you kidding? You don’t think this was happening 50 years ago? It was much worse actually. If someone wanted to hold Lucic accountable on the ice he would happily oblige and answer the bell. I think you were the kid in the grocery store. This stuff happens all the time behind the play but Lucic got caught. If you looked at any game you will see evidence of slashing, spearing, cross checking that never gets called. It happens in all levels of the game. I don’t like to see it but to get all emotional about it seems a bit much.

      • drewzducks - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        I seem to remember Hansen’s attempt to neuter McQuaid during Game 7 of 2011 SCF. It happens quite often.

    • thephillyfanclub - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      I agree, this is a bad call but you are way off on the 50 years ago comment, The game was way dirtier back then, not even close

  20. jasminedonut - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    There are some people in the league that get away with whatever. The Mongo Hunchback known as Lucic and Chris Neil can do whatever they want, with no repercussions

    • mackattack29 - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Pretty much..

    • dropthepuckeh - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      Classy comment to make about a guy with a disease that causes the “hunchback”. You kick puppies too?

    • sabatimus - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      What do you have against Mongo? He likes candy, and he punched out a horse.

  21. cutelittleguy02 - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Yea blah blah blah he plays for Boston Bruins, what do you expect? I repeat it s Boston Bruins they own NHL rules. It S not news for me.

  22. joey4id - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Wow! So many whiners on this article. NHL Dept. of Player Safety is merely following the guidelines as agreed by the players, and documented in the CBA. But for a momentary discomfort DeKeyser was not injured, and therefore no suspension was warranted. Slap on the wrist and pocket change for a fine sounds right.

    Stick work between the combatants happens constantly over the course of any game. Sort of like all the cheap shots that are exchanged between football players in a pile. It’s all part of the game, and if you have a problem with that then maybe you should be watching tennis, or ballet. :-)

    • dropthepuckeh - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      Totally agree joey. To pretend Lucic is any different from so much of the league because of this is just being ignorant or jumping at the chance to bash Lucic. This kind of stuff happens all the time, especially in the playoffs. Why do you think teams are so secretive with their injuries – because players will target those specific areas. That is crazy in normal life but the reality of playoff hockey. Lucic was stupid to do it but lets not let the hysteria get everyone’s panties in a bunch.

      • sabatimus - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        Yeah, they have to fine him according to the guidelines of the CBA. My problem is that Lucic does this frequently and is only just now getting fined for it. Besides DeKeyser, off the top of my head I can think of Emelin and Chris Neil, and there are others. I’m not sure why the NHL hasn’t fined him before. But, as an aside, on the ice, the refs give him no leeway–and neither should they. He commits penalties and then whines about them all the way to the box.

        As a Bruins fan I wish he’d spend less time being a jerk and more time being the elite hockey player he was supposed to be when he was first called up.

  23. bleedrangerblue - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Detroit doesn’t have anyone to go kick Lucic a&&??

    • joey4id - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Who cares? Wings only are about getting 4 wins. Anything else is just noise.

  24. sjtorpitt - Apr 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Here comes Joey, being the fa**ot he always is.

  25. brklynblueshirt - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    As usual, Big Dirty is as Big Dirty does.

    NHL also acts consistent with its ineptitude in hitting the cretin up for pocket change.

    Best thing Wings can do is win three more games.

  26. flash8910 - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    As expected, the DOPS acted like dopes. In terms of injuries, this was minor at best. However, Lucic completely violated all sense of professionalism in performing an act that was not a normal hockey play in order to cause someone pain. These are the types of plays that the NHL doesn’t need. He should be suspended.

  27. shaundre93 - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    What Lucic did was obviously bush league and he earned what he got but lets not pretend like any of you (or PHT writers for that matter) would give two craps if this wasn’t Lucic and the Bruins. Any chance to talk down on the Bruins and you all swarm to it. That’s all this is. Didn’t see too many comments on the Perry article… He’s basically west cost Lucic. I think the vets will talk to Looch and calm him down and then he will unleash the fury in a more productive manner. I don’t think the Wings have the D or toughness to hang with the B’s through 7. If they play 6 more games like the first I’d be very surprised if the B’s don’t take the series, that’s their kinda game.

    • mackattack29 - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:03 AM

      If they play three more games like the first there won’t be a fifth game lol…

  28. mp1131211 - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    I think that’s the new strategy. Just take turns around the line up taking nut shots at the Bruins. Who cares, 5K is worth it, right?

  29. scottybcboy - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    This is such a curious case. There are two identical incidents on the same night, one gets a huge over the top reaction (and a fine), while the other gets absolutely no reaction or fine.

  30. smarshall3789 - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    This is a joke he deserves to be suspended!! It isn’t the first time he did it either! Low class player just cause you were getting frustrated doesn’t mean let’s cheap shot someone’s man hood from behind you pu$$!!

  31. isphet71 - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Put Bertuzzi in tonight, sharpen the top of his stick, and tell him to get 5,000 bucks ready to transfer out of his bank account tomorrow, and put Lucic out for the rest of the series with a similar move.

    If Lucic has no capacity for “sympathy pain,” then just give him the “pain” part and be done with him. I mean, the NHL is obviously cool with this sort of thing happening outside of the play.

  32. woahohohesp - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    These are the Bruins. They are an aggressive team. Lucic and Chara are some of the most aggressive. They could be doing a lot worse. Lucic have used his stick as a battering ram instead of hitting someone in the balls. And plus, that’s usually why the players should be wearing they’re cups. Sorry if your balls hurt, but you shouldn’t be messing with Lucic and making him angry if you don’t think nothing is going to happen to you

  33. mimedicalmj - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    What a classless play and player. And what a jerk he is to excuse it by saying he’s “only done that 3 or 4 times in 7 years”. You know how many times Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Lidstrom, and etc have done that Ms. Lucic? ZERO. And shame on Jeremy Roenick and Mike Millberries for basically justifying this type of thing as “playoff hockey”. Why are those two jokers even on the NBC Sports network? There has to be someone better available.

    • paperkid96 - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Roenick and Milbury said its playoff hockey! Ha! With all of the Stanley Cup rings they have they would know, right?

  34. bleedrangerblue - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Agreed. Milbury was smiling when asked about it. This coming from a man who beat up a fan at MSG.

    • sabatimus - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      Yep. Any self-respecting Bruins fan (or hockey fan, for that matter) thinks Milbury is an extreme toolbox who should only be allowed to comment on that steaming turd he takes in the morning before work.

    • paperkid96 - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      With a shoe! Do not forget the shoe.

  35. dboldave - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    I agree that what Lucic did was dirty and has no place in the game. I also think that 90% of the posters here remind me of Sol Rosenberg from the Jerky Boys. You guys need to calm down!

  36. hockeyflow33 - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Can you please stop incorrectly calling this a spearing, it wasn’t. Please learn the correct penalties before you write about hockey.

    • sabatimus - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Perhaps you should write the NHL Department of Player Safety and tell them that their calling it spearing is incorrect. It’s quite easy–they have a Twitter account.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:48 PM

        I will, thanks

      • sabatimus - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        You’re welcome :)

  37. bleedrangerblue - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Sabatimus you made me smile.

  38. jimeejohnson - Apr 19, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Tie Domi might have given Lucic a run for his money. Otherwise, Milan wins most of his “altercations” and doesn’t need to cheap shot anybody, unless that is really his way.

  39. 6superbowls - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    $25G fine to grab you own nuts. Only $5 G t hit someone else in the nuts. Yeah? The NHL make sense…

  40. ironmd778 - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    What a bunch of pansies in here. This kind of thing is so common it’s not even funny. Look at you all screaming for a suspension. Hilarious.

  41. slysipops - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    looked more like a noogie lift than a spear to me ! i had this happen to me in a men’s league playoff game.. i guess the opposite winger was getting tired of me shadowing him ?… DOES hurt ! my teamates were calling for me to make a change …i yelled look out ! i had to dive over the bench …couldn’t lift my leg ! …. funny now , but not so funny then !

  42. ihateannouncers - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    So I guess Queneville should have just hit the ref in the nuts? Would have saved himself 20K. What a ridiculous joke… roenick and milbury….if that would have happened to the bruins milbury would have been whining like he always does….

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