The Boston Bruins, currently at the bottom of NHL playoff scoring with zero goals, were happy to hear forward Milan Lucic will not be suspended for attacking Dan DeKeyser’s crotch with his stick towards the end of the second period in last night’s game. According to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, however, a fine is likely coming from the league. (Update: $5,000 fine at that). DeKeyser laid a hit on Lucic along the boards as the Bruins forward was carrying the puck into the offensive zone and caused a turnover. Such a play clearly being unacceptable, Lucic moved up ice behind DeKeyser and quickly gave the Red Wings defenseman a “love tap” before heading back into the play. Here, see it for yourself:
There was no penalty called on the play. This wouldn’t be the first time he decided to abuse someone’s genitals from behind during a game. The coward aspect to these kinds of plays could be what’s most upsetting. It takes a real tough guy to go after a man’s groin from behind. Lucic of course having the presence of mine to spear Montreal’s Alexi Emelin and call him a chicken after the game. So for all you kids out there, Lucic says hitting is cowardly but groin shots are not. Got it?
Of course, the homer Boston Bruins media adored this play, and Andrew Berkshire from SB Nation’s Habs Eyes On The Prize does a much better job summarizing that then I ever could.
Of course, in the interest of being objective, there’s always the possibility that DeKeyser did something to bring this on himself, like said something about Lucic’s mother for example. If there’s anything I learned from Mr. T, it’s that bringing mothers into a scenario like this is never ok.
Lucic certainly deserved an unsportsmanlike conduct call on this play if nothing else, but after David Legwand did something similar to Evgeni Malkin during the regular season maybe the Wings can’t play innocent in the terms of this sort of play. Regardless, the series is sure to ramp up the hate factor between these two Original Six franchises and get dirtier before it gets cleaner. (Yes I know they aren’t ‘original’ teams and there was a National Hockey Association with its original seven teams before the NHL was formed, shut up!)
The Bruins and Red Wings play again in Boston on Sunday at 3:00 pm EST on NBC. We can again turn to Mr. T’s wisdom when trying to make a prediction on how the rest of the series will play out.