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Claude Julien: If Milan Lucic wanted to hit Ryan Miller, ‘he would have never got up’

11.15.11 at 11:59 am ET
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Call this a case of keeping the book on the Milan Lucic/Ryan Miller hit open just a little longer.

Claude Julien said after Tuesday’s morning skate that the team was “convinced” Lucic’s hit on Miller “wasn’t deliberate” and were therefore pleased with Brendan Shanahan‘s decision to not suspend the forward.

Julien said that he doesn’t believe goalies should be hit, but noted the difference between a hit and a collision. He believed Saturday’s incident was a collision.

“I know for a fact that if Milan had intended on hitting [Miller], he would have never got up,” Julien said of Lucic. “We all know how hard he hits. It speaks for itself.”

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