Apr 18, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins fans wave towels prior game one of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014: Milan Lucic cheap shots Red Wings defender in crotch with stick (GIF)

The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings began their first round series in Eastern Conference with Detroit continuing their 23-year streak in the NHL playoffs alive, but for the first time the Red Wings are in the East and get a tough test in the President Trophy winning Bruins who lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final a season ago.

Bruins left winger Milan Lucic was not about to give the Red Wings a warm welcome tonight, and in fact, what he did to Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser is one of the dirtiest cheap shots you’ll ever see. Lucic took his stick and used it as a weapon to deliver a low blow on DeKeyser, and even worse than this classless move was that the referees missed it and no penalty was assessed.


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I would like to see Bruins fans defend this action. If Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville gets fined 25,000 for this, then what is the NHL going to do discipline Lucic?

DeKeyser and the Red Wings would get the last laugh however as they stole home-ice advantage behind a shutout from Jimmy Howard and a goal from Pavel Datsyuk to beat the Bruins 1-0.



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  • Kevin George

    They will do the same thing to him that they did when he did this a month ago in MTL to Emelin…. not only did he get assesed nothing… he was applauded for calling the person he speared a Chicken

  • David

    I know it’s a game and we shouldn’t wish injury on players but why should we give a damn about lucics well being when he doesn’t care about others?

  • Jim Christenson

    Well, the Joel Quenneville issue is more about the Broadcasters Assoc. on lewdness, really nothing to do with the refs or the NHL. But for Lucic, yeah, I know it’s playoff hockey. I know your trying to piss off the other team. Distract them. Get them to focus on something else. And if that happened to you, wouldn’t you be so pissed off that all you’d be thinking of is revenge and not hockey.

    But still…really? The family jewels?

  • NHLfarmteams

    Once again proving that NHL referees are the most incompetent in the realm of professional sport in North America. Rule 21.1 “A match penalty shall be imposed on any player who deliberately attempts
    to injure or who deliberately injures an opponent in any manner.”

    The Bruins are known for this yet the refs consistently turn a blind eye. That was no love tap either, looked like Lucic was digging for something there.

    Sadly it’s the same every year in the NHL. The NHL let’s the thugs have their way and instead of the great fast paced game we love, we are subject to idiots like Lucic and Marchand running around like petulant schoolboys in the name of “old time” hockey. Here’s a question, what do you think Lucic’s face would look like if he tried that with Gordie Howe, Phil Esposito or the late great Rocket Richard.

    Simply put Lucic is a poor excuse for a hockey player. Overrated on most nights and down right pathetic tonight.