Monday, December 19, 2011
Milan Lucic Suspended For One Game (Tonight), Bruins Recall Kampfer, Caron
Well Bruins haters who claim that the Black and Gold are "above the law" for their various borderline hits should be pleased today, as the NHL announced that they are suspending Milan Lucic one game (tonight vs. Montreal) for his hit on Flyers winger Zac Rinaldo.
Lucic, who has only been suspended once before, for his crosscheck to the face of Maxim Lapierre boarded Rinaldo during Saturday's 6-0 rout of the Broad St. Bullies, sparking a brawl that saw Nathan Horton dropping the gloves. Lucic was later served a five-minute major and a ten-minute major which ended his day prematurely.
It is unclear if Lucic will appeal the suspension.
Lucic, who has 24 points in 31 games this season, recently came under fire for railroading Sabres goalie Ryan Miller back on November 12. He was not suspended for the hit, which drew sharp criticism from Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff as well as the usual suspects of Bruins haters (shout out to Pat Hickey at the Montreal Gazette).
On first glance and subsequent replays, I didn't see a major problem with the hit, but I guess sending a message to a now repeat offender like Lucic is what discipline czar Shanahan is going for. At least it's only one game.
In other Bruins news, the team has announced that they have recalled Steven Kampfer and Jordan Caron once again, after sending them down to Providence on Saturday. It was a measure taken to give the healthy scratches some game action.
Gregory Campbell (foot) looks like he could be a go versus Montreal tonight, as he was one of nine bruins who participated in the Bruins morning skate. He will likely be a game-time decision.