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NHL rescinds Milan Lucic’s game misconduct from altercation with Canucks

01.07.12 at 6:54 pm ET
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Breathe easy, Bruins fans. Milan Lucic will not be suspended for one game, let alone 10.

The NHL rescinded the game misconduct issued to the Bruins forward Saturday in the first period of the team’s 4-3 loss to the Canucks.

Lucic was tossed from the game for leaving the bench to join an altercation. Upon review, it was determined that Lucic had gotten on the ice for a line change and was actually considering getting back on the bench.

“The referees reacted to what they saw,” NHL director of officiating Terry Gregson said. “The only player they saw coming from the bench area from either team was Lucic. But with the benefit of replay, we can see that Lucic had previously entered the ice over the boards legally to join the play and actually was contemplating stepping back onto the bench through the door when the altercation ensued.

“It should be further noted that a review of the video confirmed that all players on both teams involved in the altercation had entered the ice legally for the purpose of joining the play. None entered the ice for the purpose of joining or starting an altercation, which is prohibited by Rule 70.”

Had the penalty not been rescinded, Lucic could have faced a 10-game suspension, which is issued to players for leaving the bench to participate in altercations.

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