MONTREAL — We’ll never know how Mike Komisarek would’ve handled the post-series handshake after the Boston Bruins completed a four-game sweep tonight in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Bell Centre because the Montreal Canadiens defenseman was sent to the showers early with a game misconduct for cross checking Bruins winger Milan Lucic with 7:21 left in the contest.
We do know that Lucic had no problem, after a hard-fought series and a 4-1 Boston Game 4 win, skating through the handshake without incident, unless you count the bear hug he got from former Bruins center Glen Metropolit — who like his Habs teammates is heading home for the spring.
Lucic and Komisarek are longtime on-ice rivals dating back to last year’s playoff series, which the Habs won in seven games. In the second period tonight, things boiled over with the briefest of fights. Lucic leveled Komisarek with one mighty blow. Then in the third period came the crosscheck that ended Komisarek’s evening.
“I just went in and finished my check and he felt like he needed to crosscheck. I could stand here and talk about (it) and be unclassy and all those types of things, but really it feels a lot better when you win a series, so it doesn’t really hurt after that,” said Lucic, who was cut above his left cheek by the crosscheck.
Later in his interview, Lucic was asked about the fight and that’s when he dropping his classiness just a tad.
“There’s two ways to go about it. You can either go about it a cheap way and crosscheck someone or you can do it the right way and the honorable way and fight someone with your gloves off. If you’re frustrated, I guess that’s how you need to go about it,” he said.
Lucic said he had no intention of retaliating for the crosscheck, but defenseman Aaron Ward was there to defuse the situation just in case. Lucic learned his lesson from the suspension he received for Game 3 for his late-game hit to the head on Maxim Lapierre in Game 2.
“That shows me a guy that’s matured a lot in a short span of time,” said head coach Claude Julien.
Aside from the physical stuff, Lucic finished the night with an assist and a plus-2 rating as his line with Michael Ryder and David Krejci dominated the Habs. That was probably another thing Komisarek had no answer for.