Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been suspended for tomorrow night’s game for his blow to the head of Maxim Lapierre in the waning moments of Saturday’s Game 2 in Boston.
Saturday night, here’s what Bruins coach Claude Julien said, as reported by the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa:
"(Lucic) might have lost his composure a little bit in that area. But you have to remember that he got elbowed in the head, then high-sticked by (Mathieu) Schneider. Then Lapierre comes in – Lapierre who’s been an instigator throughout the whole series, and even during the regular season – and what Looch did was react at him coming at him. It wasn’t premeditated. In reviewing it, he hit him with his glove. He had his stick in his hands, but his glove hit his helmet. Had his stick hit him in the head, I think Lapierre would have been down. But Lapierre stayed up and kept going at Looch. If there’s one thing, I know it certainly wasn’t premeditated."