Repentant Lucic abides by suspension

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From The Gazette’s Herb Zurkowsky:

A repentant Milan Lucic said he has no choice but to respect the one-game suspension he received Sunday from the National Hockey League after being ejected from last Saturday’s game against the Canadiens.

Lucic, the big and tough Boston winger, received a minor and match penalty late in the third period for cross-checking Montreal centre Maxim Lapierre. Lucic was expected to be replaced on the roster by rookie Byron Bitz when the teams play the third game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, tonight at the Bell Centre. The Bruins have won the opening two games in the best-of-seven series.

"You’ve got to respect the decision," Lucic said following the Bruins’ morning skate today. "I’m a little disappointed in myself. The team has done a good job of being disciplined. In the playoffs, you can’t do things like that to jeopardize your team."

Lucic said the move against Lapierre wasn’t intentional, and started after he and Canadiens’ defenceman Mathieu Schneider became involved. Lucic maintained it was more of his glove than stick that made contact with Lapierre’s face.

"Lapierre came flying from the side," Lucic explained. "I made a defensive move. Unfortunately, my stick got up."

Similarly, Bruins management was reluctant to comment or question the ruling made by Colin Campbell, the league’s senior executive vice-president of hockey operations, knowing such a move would warrant an additional fine.

"We have to respect the decision and abide by it," general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "Milan would be the first to say he was reckless. He’s got to be more careful with his stick."

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