MONTREAL - Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic has no complaint with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell's decision to hand him a one-game suspension for cross-checking Montreal's Maxim Lapierre.
"He's got one of the hardest jobs in hockey so, he made the decision he felt was right and I respect his decision," Lucic said Monday. "I'm a little disappointed with myself because I think our team has done a really good job of being disciplined in this series."
The Bruins' second-year forward will sit out Game 3 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final. Boston leads the series 2-0.
Lucic was suspended for an incident late in the third period of the Bruins' 5-1 victory in Game 2, when his cross-check glanced off Lapierre's shoulder to the side of his head. He was handed a match penalty on the play.
"It wasn't intentional at all - it was me and (Mathieu) Schneider who were going at it and nothing was going to come from it," said Lucic. "He stuck me, I stuck him back and after Lapierre came flying in from the side, it was just a defensive move and my hand got up. Unfortunately, my stick was in my hand."
Bruins coach Claude Julien said he hoped the 20-year-old would learn from the incident and get ready for Game 4 on Wednesday. He also said that once the league makes its decision "you've got to accept it, respect it and move on - and that's what we're going to do."
Blake Wheeler is expected to move into Lucic's spot on a line with David Krejci and Michael Ryder, while Byron Bitz will come into the lineup on the fourth line.
Neither Lapierre nor Montreal coach Bob Gainey had any comment on the suspension.
Gainey would not reveal whether Carey Price, who was pulled after two periods of Game 2, or Jaroslav Halak would start in goal, although it appeared that Price was preparing to start.