NEW YORK -- Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been suspended, without pay, for one game for checking Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo from behind during NHL Game #466 in Philadelphia on Saturday, Dec. 17, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Lucic will forfeit $22,072.07. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 16:21 of the second period. A major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct was assessed on the play.
Lucic will miss tonight's game vs. Montreal. He will be eligible to return Dec. 23 vs. Florida.
That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.
— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3