Lucic

Lucic

MONTREAL — The NHL today issued Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic a one-game suspension for his blow to the head of Montreal’s Maxim Lapierre in the closing minutes of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the Bruins and Canadiens Saturday night.

Lucic was issued a match penalty because of the hit, which occurred after Lapierre charged toward Lucic in front of the Montreal net. The second-year forward will miss Monday night’s Game 3 of the series here at the Bell Centre.

“While it is unclear whether Lucic’s glove or stick makes contact with Lapierre, what is clear is that he delivered a reckless and forceful blow to the head of his opponent,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell in a statement.

In Lucic’s absence, the Bruins are expected to insert Byron Bitz, who has been a healthy scratch for the first two games, into the lineup.

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