|10.17.14 at 11:57 am ET|
Milan Lucic lost his cool Thursday night, and now he’ll pay the price: $5,000.
The Bruins forward made an obscene gesture toward Montreal fans after being sent to the penalty box for boarding with 80 seconds to play and the B’s trailing by a goal.
After the Canadiens scored an empty-net goal for a 6-4 lead that would stand as the final score, Lucic proceeded to get thrown out of the game for confronting an official on his way to the bench from the box.
The league announced its decision Friday morning. The money will go to the Players’ Emergency Fund.
|10.17.14 at 12:32 am ET|
MONTREAL — Some bozo was shining a laser pointer on the ice throughout Thursday night’s game between the Bruins and the Canadiens. Though they should have taken the opportunity to use it as an excuse, the Bruins said it didn’t impact the game.
The laser, a thick green dot, could be seen throughout the first two periods. It was pointed at Gregory Campbell‘s feet during a second-period faceoff and could also be seen moving around Tuukka Rask‘s net.
Campbell said he didn’t notice the laser during the game. Rask said he did, but had no idea that he was one of the players the fan was intending to distract.
“At me? No,” Rask said when asked if he saw the laser. “I saw it in the second, but it was in the offensive zone. Good thing I didn’t go blind or anything.”
|10.17.14 at 12:27 am ET|
MONTREAL — Milan Lucic did nothing to improve his relationship with the Canadiens and their fans Thursday night.
Lucic, who surpassed Zdeno Chara as Boston Enemy No. 1 last season with a spearing incident with Alexei Emelin (after which he called Emelin a “chicken”) and some choice words in the post-Game 7 handshake line (after which he called Dale Weise a “baby”), took a late boarding penalty Thursday due to a hit he put on Emelin with less than a minute and a half to play.
As he entered the penalty box to massive boos from the crowd, Lucic made an obscene gesture with his glove near his pants (there’s really no way to word it) before doing what looked like a mock Stanley Cup raise. After P.A. Parenteau sealed the game with an empty netter for Montreal, Lucic was given a game misconduct for yelling at an official as he exited the penalty box.
Lucic had reason to be angry with the situation as he was penalized. The Bruins were down a goal in the final minutes and Emelin was crazy to turn in the boards the way that he did when Lucic was coming in to hit him, but the gestures should earn him supplemental discipline. Such gestures, including a similar one from James Wisniewski in 2010, have been suspendable in the past.
Lucic was not available to the media after the game. The Bruins would not specify whether Lucic had declined to talk or whether it was the team’s decision.
|10.16.14 at 10:32 pm ET|
David Krejci‘s blast from the point during a first-period power play grazed Zdeno Chara in front and sailed past Carey Price to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead on Chara’s first goal of the season. After Dennis Seidenberg was penalized for holding David Desharnais’ stick, Max Pacioretty scored a power play goal to tie the game.
Brendan Gallagher scored 7:43 into the second to give Montreal its first lead of the night, but the Bruins’ third line gave the B’s the lead again with goals from Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson, the latter of which came off a Torey Krug pass that hit the wing in front and ricocheted in.
Jiri Sekac scored his first career goal, getting to the front of the net and burying a puck past a falling Rask as Dennis Seidenberg and Rene Bourque battled. The goal came amidst some shoddy coverage from Boston’s fourth line, which had Gregory Campbell for the first time this season.
P.A. Parenteau scored his first goal as a Canadien late in the second period to make it 4-3, while Gallagher’s second of the night chased Rask 7:17 into the third.
The Bruins’ chances of a comeback were killed in the final minutes when Milan Lucic took a boarding penalty for a hit on Alexei Emelin with less than a minute and a half to play. A Parenteau empty-netter — his second goal of the game — sealed the win for Montreal.
Simon Gagne brought the Bruins within one with less than six minutes to play after being moved from the fourth line to David Krejci‘s line. The goal was Gagne’s first goal of the season, as he made his Bruins debut Wednesday.
The loss dropped the Bruins to 2-4-0 this season, while the Habs improved to 4-1-0.
Here are some observations from the game.
– The Bruins rarely allow 5-on-5 goals when Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron are on the ice, which is one of the things that annually makes the Bruins among the best 5-on-5 teams in the league. For a frame of reference, they allowed just one such goal in the lockout-shortened season.
On Thursday, the B’s allowed one such goal, as Gallagher’s second goal came against Bergeron and Chara. Gallagher’s second goal of the night marked the second time the B’s have given up a 5-on-5 goal with both stars on the ice, as Alexander Ovechkin accomplished the feat last week.
– Carl Soderberg’s line with Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelly is too good to break up. Though it’s technically Boston’s third line, it has played against higher competition all season and has enjoyed long stays in the offensive zone. Eriksson has obviously been a candidate to potentially play right wing on Krejci’s line, but Claude Julien would be wise to keep the trio together at this point.
Soderberg’s goal came off a pair of rebounds, as Eriksson jumped on a rebound in front, with Kelly’s shot off that rebound yielding the rebound on which Soderberg would score.
Additionally, Soderberg’s line was the Bruins’ only trio to not surrender a goal in the game.
– Thursday marked the first time this season that the Bruins scored more than two goals in a game.
– Dennis Seidenberg‘s season is off to a rough start. He took a holding the stick penalty in the first period that led to Pacioretty’s goal and had a turnover about seven minutes into the third in the defensive zone that led to a Montreal scoring chance.
– Campbell and his line had its struggles against Montreal’s bottom-six forwards, allowing lengthy Habs possessions and being passive in front of the net on Sekac’s goal. Campbell missed all of training camp and is a work in progress.
– P.K. Subban was the latest victim of embellishment calls, as he was given a penalty for appropriately reacting to getting speared by Brad Marchand. The NHL is giving out warnings for embellishing before fining players and coaches, but the video is first reviewed. It would be foolish if Subban received a warning, just as it would have been for Marchand to get one last week when he was wrongfully penalized against the Red Wings.
– Some goofball was shining a thick green laser on the ice during a game. The green dot was aimed at Tuukka Rask, among other spots on the ice.
The lineup was as follows:
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Lucic – Krejci – Griffith
Kelly – Soderberg – Eriksson
Gagne – Campbell – Paille
Chara – Hamilton
Seidenberg – McQuaid
Krug – Miller
|10.16.14 at 6:36 pm ET|
Campbell missed all of training camp and the Bruins’ first five games with a core injury. In his place, the Bruins used Craig Cunningham at center for the Bruins’ first three games and Ryan Spooner for the last two. The Bruins clearly haven’t been satisfy with their play in that spot, as Spooner was given just 4:22 of ice time in Wednesday’s game, which also featured a five-minute overtime.
According to Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, Spooner will be sent to Providence to play wing once Campbell is ready to play.
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|10.16.14 at 12:23 pm ET|
BROSSARD, Quebec — P.K. Subban had enough fun last postseason against the Bruins, but that’s probably because his team won.
So as he looks forward to the Canadiens’ home opener against the Bruins Thursday night, he says he isn’t thinking about how the scoreboard looks at the end of the game.
“I’m sure you guys want me to say that there’s going to be fireworks, and I don’t know. Our focus is winning the game,” Subban said after Thursday’s morning skate at Bell Sports Complex. “We don’t care about the fireworks, the dance, the crowd. No. We’ve got to focus on what we can control, and that’s how we play. The final result’s the most important thing.”
Subban had seven points (four goals, three assists) in Montreal’s second-round victory against Boston last postseason. Preseason aside, Thursday will mark the first time the teams play at Bell Centre since Montreal forced a Game 7 last May with a 4-0 win in Game 6.
Subban says the biggest factor Thursday will be the fact that the Habs are in front of their home crowd for the first time this season.
“I think you do get hyped up for it,” he said. “You get hyped up for a home opening game. Everybody does. That’s why they’re so tough to play on the road. So tough to play in home openers because home teams get so hyped up for them. We’ll be ready to go.”
|10.16.14 at 12:04 pm ET|
BROSSARD, Quebec – The handshake line plot thickens.
On Thursday morning, the Canadiens downplayed the significance of their upcoming grudge match with the Bruins, which will serve as the teams’ first regular-season meeting since the second round of last season ended with a Canadiens win and plenty of unused hatred.
Dale Weise was a big part of that. He scored the first goal of Game 7 as the Habs took a 3-1 win to advance to play the Rangers. After that game, he told reporters that Lucic “had a few things to say to a couple of guys” in the handshake line, essentially directing folks to the tape, where one could see that Lucic told Weise he was going to “[expletive] kill” him the next time they played. He noted that Shawn Thornton took the loss with class and called Lucic’s actions “a poor way to lose.” Lucic responded by calling Weise a baby.
On Thursday, Weise had nothing bad to say about Lucic, calling him “a hard guy to play against.” Asked if he had lost any respect for Lucic the season before, Weise gave an interesting answer.
“No, no. He’s an emotional guy,” Weise said. “If he were to have shook my hand and been happy about losing, I would have lost respect for him.”
Weise has been a healthy scratch in one of the Habs’ four games thus far, and neither he nor coach Michel Therrien would say whether he was in the lineup for Montreal’s home opener against Boston.
If he does play, such a setting could be familiar for Weise. Though he was not a member of the 2010-11 Canucks (he spent that season in the Rangers organization), Weise was on the Canucks the next season and was a big part of the Bruins-Canucks grudge match in January 2012. Weise says that though there is “similar hatred” between the B’s and Habs after last postseason, he doesn’t expect as crazy a game as that 2012 contest.
“I think both teams are trying to get wins here. It’s early in the season. Last year’s kind of forgotten about,” Weise said. “Both teams are focusing on this year. They’re probably not happy with the start they got off to. They got a big win last night so they’re going to try to keep that going tonight.”
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