The Montreal Canadiens aren’t happy.
Sure, the team is up 2-1 in its best-of-seven semifinal series against the Boston Bruins, but the front office is angry at the fact that it appears another spear from the hands of Bruins forward Milan Lucic has gone unnoticed, and unpunished, by the NHL.
With just over 12 minutes remaining in Montreal’s 4-2 win over Boston on Tuesday, Lucic, who was fined a measly $5,000 earlier in the postseason for a spear on Detroit’s Danny DeKeyser, appeared to take his stick right to the gut of Habs defenseman Alexei Emelin. The action went unpenalized by the officials, and has seemingly gone unnoticed by the league.
This, according to Sportsnet, is what has Montreal’s brass upset.
Those two players have a long history of run-ins with one another, including a March 24 incident where Lucic speared Emelin between the legs – a play he wasn’t punished for.
However, the Bruins forward acknowledged to reporters that he was a repeat offender when it came to spearing.
“I’ve been in the league for seven years, and I think I’ve only done that three times,” he said. “I don’t know why I did it.”
The NHL was aware of the latest incident, but no discipline hearing had been scheduled for Lucic as of late Wednesday morning, according to a source.
It’s unclear if the NHL will eventually call Lucic for a hearing, but it seems unlikely at this time.
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