"Yeah of course it was difficult," said Lucic on Monday. "The toughest part about it is getting over the fact it was a six-on-one [scrum] and they picked me out of the group to give a penalty to and I was clearly on the ice.
"The only reason I went back to the bench was to make sure that it was legal, when I saw it was a legal change of course I’m going to get in there."
Fellow forward Shawn Thornton
was in the middle of that six-on-one, surrounded by Vancouver Canucks, and said Lucic was embodying what he had been taught as a rookie and was also looking to stick up for a teammate.
"I think Luch’s first year...we made a conscious effort that in our identity that we’d be team tough – to play hard," said Thornton. "And I know I came off and found him in the weight room to thank him for getting in there and thanked everyone else for getting in there.
"I don’t think it was very fair to have six-on-one or whatever it was, but my team got in there as quick as possible once they saw what was going on. Unfortunately he got tossed, I guess the league agreed with us it shouldn’t have happened. I felt bad because he’s from Van, he gets excited for those games. And it’s because a melee I’m involved in he doesn’t get to play against his home city.
"But at the end of the day, we know we have each other’s backs and that’s the most important thing," he said.
As such, Lucic has no inclination toward amending his thought process.
"We’re still going to go about it the same way," said Lucic. "We’re still going to be team tough and that’s what makes us such a special group.
"We’re able to stick up for each other the way that we did."
And with an important game against a possible Eastern Conference playoff opponent in the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday and another big contest versus divisional opposition in the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.
"Definitely a tough game to watch, it’s tough to see the end result of it but it’s just one game," said Lucic. "We have to find a way to put it behind us and prepare for the game tomorrow."