Bruins winger Milan Lucic  has been suspended by the NHL  for Monday’s Game 3 of the best-of-seven series after delivering a blow to the head of Canadiens forward Maxim Lapierre  in the third period of Game 2 on Saturday night. Lucic was assessed a match high-sticking penalty following the hit.
The Bruins contended Lucic hit Lapierre with his glove in self-defense as Lapierre approached him in front of the Canadiens’ net, but NHL  disciplinarian Colin Campbell  ruled that Lucic’s hit was a “reckless and forceful blow” that merited both a match penalty and a one-game suspension.
“While it is unclear whether Lucic’s glove or stick makes contact with Lapierre, what is clear is that he delivered a reckless and forceful blow to the head of his opponent,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
It’s expected that big forward Byron Bitz will take Lucic’s spot in the lineup for Monday night’s Game 3 at the Bell Centre .