Milan Lucic Asked for and Deserved What He Got

Charles L. GareCorrespondent IApril 20, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 18:  Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins and Maxim Lapierre #40 of the Montreal Canadiens mix it up during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs on April 18, 2009 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Canadiens 5-1.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins has this strange idea he has the right to do whatever pleases him.

Now, don't all you Boston Bruins fans get your shorts in a knot—I'm not saying he is a bad hockey player.

But ever since his arrival in a Boston Bruins uniform, he has been the most arrogant, self-centered player that has ever laced up a pair of skates.

His action on Saturday night late in the game versus the Montreal Canadiens just proves how hot-headed and thoughtless he can be.

Now I know all you Bruins fans are going to lay this on Maxim Lapierre, because he came in to stick up for teammate Mathieu Schneider.

Lucic had already cross-checked Schneider, so his stick was at the ready when Lapierre showed up.

I know also that all you Bruins fans are going to say Lucic's glove hit Lapierre in the head. But it's not what hit him—it's the intent.

Not only did he get a two-minute penalty, but a 10-minute misconduct, and now because of what the league considers intent to injure, Lucic recieved a game misconduct.

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I also know that so far none of this playoff between Boston and Montreal has gone the way of the Canadiens. That's all right—a team, no matter how good, cannot win them all, and the Bruins have not won this series yet.

I really feel that Lucic is a hot-tempered player who spends the majority of every game looking for trouble. His attitude also seems to be, "I can do whatever I want to you, but don't you do it to me."

In the last game played against the Canadiens in the regular season, Lucic couldn't take a hit from Mike Komisarek without retaliating. That one got him to penalty trouble also, but nothing stops this kid.

One of these days someone is going to knock his block off, and it will be a clean hit and Lucic will never see it coming. I know Lucic is big, and this is how he played junior hockey for the Vancouver Giants—but be forewarned, his day is coming.

As a Habs fan I looked at this incident differently than a Bruins fan I'm sure.  But that doesn't change Lucic's intent to injure.

These head shots have to be taken out of the game before someone is seriously injured or killed. How will hockey fans feel if that happens?

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