TORONTO (AP) - Brendan Shanahan says he isn't presiding over a league where goalies have to worry about getting hit, and thinks it is "irresponsible" for the Buffalo Sabres to suggest otherwise.
The NHL's new disciplinarian reacted strongly to complaints from the Sabres on Monday after he elected not to suspend Bruins forward Milan Lucic for his collision with Buffalo's Ryan Miller.
On Saturday, Miller was knocked to the ice by Lucic when the goalie strayed from his net to play the puck in the first period of Buffalo's 6-2 loss. Shanahan held a hearing with Lucic on Monday and was satisfied with his assertion that he didn't have time to avoid the collision.
Miller sustained a concussion on the play and called Lucic "gutless."