|NHL rescinds Milan Lucic’s game misconduct from altercation with Canucks||01.07.12 at 6:54 pm ET|
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The NHL rescinded the game misconduct issued to the Bruins forward Saturday in the first period of the team’s 4-3 loss to the Canucks.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Had the penalty not been rescinded, Lucic could have faced a 10-game suspension, which is issued to players for leaving the bench to participate in altercations.
|With hockey world focused on Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider shines in first start at TD Garden||01.07.12 at 6:44 pm ET|
When Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault announced Friday that oft-maligned goaltender Roberto Luongo would not be in net for the Canucks’ rematch against the Bruins Saturday afternoon, the focus remained squarely on Luongo. Why would he back out of a game in which he would have a chance to prove himself? What was he scared of?
Although much of the pregame discussion surrounded Luongo, Schneider was the star Saturday afternoon. He marked his first Garden start as an NHL goaltender with a win, stopping 36 shots to help the Canucks top the Bruins, 4-3.
But while Schneider remained largely ignored before the game (although not by his 15 friends and family members who would be coming to see him play), the start in Boston was no minor deal for Schneider.
‘It’s a fun building to play in and, again, it was fun for me to play in front of people who have grown up cheering for me and supporting me my whole life,’ Schneider said.
‘To come back and get this type of opportunity in front of a lot of friends and family and people at home watching, it was really cool. I think it’s even more special since we don’t come here very often. I’m glad we got the win.’
The 25-year-old had played at the TD Garden before. He was the beneficiary of the home crowd cheers from 2005 to 2007, when Schneider and the Eagles finished as the runners-up in the Beanpot twice and won the Hockey East Tournament Championship on Garden ice in both his freshman and junior seasons. Schneider also played at the Garden twice in the Stanley Cup Finals (in relief appearances Game 4 and Game 6) last season, although he did not start either of those games.
Schneider’s first start in Boston lacked the flow of a typical game. The Bruins did not get a shot on goal until nine minutes (and 50 minutes of penalties) into the first period. As fighting ruled the ice and hockey played out as somewhat of a sideshow through the first 30 or so minutes of the game, Schneider somehow found a way to ignore the extracurricular activity and keep his mind on stopping the puck. Read the rest of this entry »
|Kevin Bieksa calls out ‘stupid’ Bruins after win, says Brad Marchand ‘has to live’ with loss||01.07.12 at 5:27 pm ET|
Surprise, surprise. Kevin Bieksa is talking.
The outspoken Canucks defenseman called out the Bruins after the Canucks defeated the B’s, 4-3, Saturday at TD Garden. Both Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand were tossed from the game, and Bieksa offered his thoughts afterwards.
“We play hard, but we are a disciplined team,” Bieksa said. “That’s what separates us from them. They obviously play hard, but they tend to do stupid things. The Marchand hit was a pretty stupid thing and I’m sure he’ll be getting a phone call for that one. There is no reason for that. But we made them pay for that. We got to score two goals on that power play and that’s the game. He’s got to live with that.”
Bieksa has been outspoken against the Bruins since the two teams met in the Stanley Cup finals last season. The defenseman made fun of the Bruins for passing around Andrew Ference‘s jacket, saying the tradition was something that pee-wee teams do. He also responded to Mark Recchi calling the Canucks “arrogant” by saying the retired forward should “take a nap.”
|Claude Julien felt Brad Marchand was protecting himself||01.07.12 at 5:24 pm ET|
While the big question Saturday regarding a possible suspension surrounds Bruins forward Milan Lucic, he isn’t the only Bruins’ left wing who could be in trouble with the league.
Brad Marchand was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for clipping Canucks defenseman Sami Salo in the Bruins’ zone in the second period of Saturday’s loss to Vancouver. Marchand got low when Salo came in to hit him, and what resulted was a dangerous play that Kevin Bieksa said should get Marchand suspended.
A fired-up Bruins coach Claude Julien defended Marchand following the game, saying he was protecting himself from what could have been a dangerous hit.
“We all have our opinions on what is going on with the game and the hits and everything else,” Julien said after the game. “All I’m going to tell you is that I always told my players that they need to protect themselves. The last thing I want my players to do is get hit and then end up with a concussion, and they have to protect themselves. Whether it’s the right way or the wrong way, it’ll depend on how the league looks at it.
“I’d rather have a guy take a two-minute penalty than turn his back to the play, stand up straight, and then get his face knocked into the glass and be out for maybe the rest of the year with a concussion, or maybe end his career like [Marc] Savard. So I think we have to really look at those kinds of things. In my opinion, if guys start protecting themselves the way Marchand did, maybe guys will stop taking runs at other guys because that’s the consequences you end up paying for taking runs at guys, too. Who knows where we’re going to go with this. I know we’re all trying hard to fix that part of the game, but it’s still there, and it’s still not fixed.”
|Claude Julien confident Milan Lucic won’t be suspended||01.07.12 at 5:02 pm ET|
Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Saturday’s loss to the Canucks that he is not concerned about forward Milan Lucic possibly being suspended. Lucic was given a game misconduct for leaving the bench to join an altercation. If the league deems that Lucic left the bench as part of an illegal line change, Lucic will be suspended 10 games, with Julien also receiving a one-game ban, pending review.
“I’m not blaming them,” Julien said of the referees. “They’re in the middle of a scrum there, but Looch was on the ice already, and it wasn’t an illegal change. He didn’t come off the bench, so there’s no issues there in my mind. It’s clear.”
Julien dismissed the notion of any lineup moves the team might have to make should Lucic or Brad Marchand, who was also tossed, be suspended.
“I don’t have to answer that,” Julien said, “because that’s not the case right now.”
The potential suspension that Lucic faces came as a surprise to teammates.
“I didn’t even know that,” a surprised Chris Kelly said when asked about potentially losing Lucic. “I’ll let that be decided by the proper people. Hopefully we don’t lose Looch. Obviously he’s a great guy, a great teammate, and hopefully he’s back soon.”
Lucic has already been suspended once this season, as he was given a game last month for his hit on Zac Rinaldo in the Bruins’ victory over the Flyers.
|Canucks get their revenge, beat Bruins in rematch||01.07.12 at 4:00 pm ET|
The Stanley Cup finals rematch that players swore was “just another game” proved to be far from that, as the Canucks defeated the Bruins, 4-3, in a highly emotional game Saturday at TD Garden.
The Canucks got on the board when Ryan Kesler beat Tim Thomas on the power play 5:41 into the game. Brad Marchand tied it up later in the first period, taking a nice feed from Tyler Seguin in front and deking Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider. After Daniel Paille was stopped on a penalty shot by Schneider, Rich Peverley scored his seventh of the season to give the B’s a 2-1. Bruins nemesis Alexandre Burrows would later tip a Cody Hodgson shot past Thomas to tie it on a Vancouver power play.
Hodgson made it 4-2 1:09 into the third period, but David Krejci brought the Bruins within one 42 seconds later when he picked up a rebound from a Joe Corvo shot and sent it past Schneider.
There was no shortage of heated play on the day, as Burrows speared Shawn Thornton in front of the Canucks’ bench that started a large altercation just 3:54 into the game. Nathan Horton and Dale Weise fought, but the most notable thing to emerge from the ordeal was a game-misconduct for Milan Lucic, who was tossed for leaving the bench to fight. Lucic could face a 10-game suspension if the league rules it was an illegal line change.
Lucic was not the only Bruin tossed, as Brad Marchand was given a five-minute major and game misconduct late in the second period for clipping Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo.
The Bruins will next play Tuesday, when they host the Jets at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Lucic was given a game misconduct for leaving the bench to join the aforementioned altercation and that could mean huge trouble for both the Bruins’ winger and coach Claude Julien.
The Bruins have been informed that Lucic was tossed for that reason, but that the league will not decide whether it was for a legal change or an illegal change until after the game.
The fines/suspension section of Rule 70.10 reads as follows:
“The first player to leave the players’ or penalty bench during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation from either or both teams shall be suspended automatically without pay for the next ten (10) regular League and/or Play-off games of his team.”
It later adds the following:
“The Coach(es) of the team(s) whose player(s) (including goalkeepers) left the players’ bench(es) or penalty bench(es)during an altercation shall be suspended, pending a review by the Commissioner. The Coach(es) also will be fined a maximum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000).”
Lucic has already been suspended once this season, as he was given a game last month for his hit on Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo.
– As one could have expected, the Bruins had to deal with some of the Canucks’ shenanigans. Maxim Lapierre got a sprinting start and literally jumped into the scrum in the first period, but that wasn’t the worst of it. Later in the first period, Weise challenged Thornton to fight. Thornton dropped his gloves, but Weise kept them on in an effort to sucker the Bruins forward into a penalty. The joke was on Weise, who was also given two for unsportsmanlike conduct.
– Despite what the players said, everyone knew that this was going to be an extremely passionate game between two teams with a good amount of hatred for one another. With that being said, both teams were guilty with losing control at different points of the game. Benoit Pouliot, who once again played well and made a great play to set up Peverley’s goal, took a bad high-sticking penalty in the offensive zone late in the first period. The passion was good to see from the Bruins, but they are generally a team that knows how to play these physical games without losing focus.
– While there was plenty of media attention placed on the fact that Schneider was starting for the Canucks instead of Roberto Luongo, it took a while for the Bruins to even give the Marblehead native any work. The Bruins didn’t get their first shot on goal until nearly nine minutes into the game. The B’s made up for it, as they needed up with 38 shots on Schneider on the day.
– All four of the Canucks’ goals came on the power play. Their four power-play tallies doubled what they were able to do on the man advantage when they scored only two power play goals in seven games in the Stanley Cup finals. The Bruins did not score a power play goal on the day.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– That’s eight straight games with a point for David Krejci, who scored an important goal to keep the Bruins in it in the third period. There was nobody in front to challenge Krejci after Corvo sent his shot in from the point, so the skilled center didn’t need to work too hard to extend his streak. Still, No. 46 has stood out for the Bruins lately, and for a player who runs hot and cold, it’s good to see Krejci’s strong play continue.
– Quite the marathon bout between Horton and Weise. Both fighters landed solid blows, but the lengthy fight finally ended with a Horton take-down. It wasn’t Aaron Rome, but Horton got to get out any aggression he had left over after a blindside hit ended his playoffs in the first period of Game 3.
– Adam McQuaid was slow to leave the ice halfway through the third period after blocking a shot. He went down the tunnel, but luckily for the Bruins, was back on the ice within minutes.
|Bruins-Canucks Live Blog: David Krejci brings Bruins within one||01.07.12 at 12:45 pm ET|