If you watched the opening playoff game between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings, you no doubt saw the spear to the groin that Boston’s Milan Lucic laid on Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser.
If you didn’t see it, you can check out a GIF of the cheap shot here.
Lucic will now have to pay the price for his dirty play, even though the refs missed it during the game, as he has been fined $5,000 for the low blow on DeKeyer, per a report from CBSSports.com.
However, despite the slap on the wrist fine, which proves that the officials actually did miss something that should have been penalized during the game, Lucic will not face a suspension.
Many times the NHL doesn’t suspend players for intentional hits to a player’s nether-regions, but this spear was absolutely blatant, not to mention Lucic did the same thing earlier in the season when he went low on Montreal’s Alexei Emelin.
Lucic wasn’t given any penalty time for that hit either.
If the league is going to crack down on fighting and other major penalties during the playoffs, then hits like this junk-rattling spear should also be given some extra weight.