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With suspension looming, Milan Lucic and Claude Julien call out Freddy Meyer for dirty hit

12.23.10 at 10:43 pm ET
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Milan Lucic and Claude Julien were both upset over Thrashers defenseman Freddy Meyer‘s hit on the Bruins forward that led to the all-out brawl that took place with 4:06 remaining in the B’s 4-1 victory at the Garden Thursday night.

“It was a high hit, for sure. I was bleeding from the lip. After a hit like that — that was the second time he’s hit me cheap,” Lucic said. “That’s the second time. You can’t give a guy a free pass too many times.”

Lucic was given a match penalty for attempt to injure when he punched a helmet-less Meyer in the temple, knocking him to the ground. He now faces a suspension, pending review. Julien said the fight — which also featured Nathan Horton, Marc Savard, and Andrew Ference – could have been avoided were it not for the hit, which he deemed unequivocally cheap.

“Nobody saw that coming until that dirty hit. And that was a dirty hit,” Julien said. “I’ve looked at it again, and it’s a cheap hit, and hopefully it’s seen that way.

“If you’re a player, with all the head injuries we’ve had with our team, whether it’s [Patrice] Bergeron or Savard, and all the other things where we’re talking about cutting down on head shots, you can’t blame a player for reacting to those kind of things. I think everybody reacted, and that’s what happened.”

Thrashers head coach and former Bruins assistant coach Craig Ramsay deemed the hit fair and didn’t like the Bruins’ response.

“Freddy laid a good hit. That is what happens. You throw a big hit and you have to have a fight,” Ramsay said. “We are taking hitting out of the game. He gets a penalty for a good hit. They started all the fights and I thought we should have had a power play for the rest of the game.”

Julien disagreed and supported the way Lucic’s teammates responded.

“I’m going to stand here and say that our guys [stuck] together for something that was, to me, a real cheap shot and uncalled for. Hopefully the league sees it that way, too.”

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