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Lucic ejected for hit on Rinaldo

by Mike G. Morreale /
PHILADELPHIA -- Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic started quite the ruckus late in the second period of his team's eventual 6-0 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center.
Lucic, who scored the final goal of the first to give the visiting Bruins a 4-0 advantage, was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for checking from behind at 16:21 of the second when he drove Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo into the boards in the offensive zone. The play ignited a flurry of activity, including a scuffle between Rinaldo and Nathan Horton.
Lucic was asked after the game if he felt the hit was illegal and deserving of a suspension.
"I mean, if I directly hit him from behind and hit him in the numbers and buried him in the boards, I'd be the first one to say that I should get a call [from NHL vice president of hockey and business operations Brendan Shanahan] and expect some repercussions," Lucic said. "I looked at the video, I had it in slow motion, and the point of contact was his shoulder. You can see him turning and fortunately, for him, no one got hurt on the play. No matter who it is, you never want to see anyone getting hurt … whether it's a clean hit or dirty hit. Your intention is never to go out there and hurt someone."
Bruins coach Claude Julien felt Rinaldo turned at the last second.
"A couple things come to mind when I saw the hit," Julien said. "[Lucic] let up and I thought the player turned at the last second. Hopefully, they'll look at it the same way we see it and go from there. When I looked at the replay on the scoreboard, I didn't see it as bad. But referees have to make quick decisions. I get a chance to sit behind the bench and have a look, so at the end of it, I'm hoping that the decision they made is the right one."
When asked if he expects a call from Shanahan over the next two days, Lucic shrugged his shoulders.
"It's out of my control, I mean, like I said, I just went over the points of what I saw in the video and how I went about it," he said. "I completely slowed up and everything like that. If he calls me it's out of my control. If he doesn't, great."
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