It’ll pain Bruins fans to read this, but the right call was made on Milan Lucic in the second period of Montreal’s 2-1 win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the archrivals.
Lucic definitely boarded Jaroslav Spacek near center ice. Once there was a five-minute major for the cut Spacek suffered, the referees had no choice but to also issue a game misconduct. Table 7 on Page 136 of the rulebook calls for an automatic game misconduct on a boarding call that results in an injury to the face or head.
You can blame the glass at the Bell Centre for cutting Spacek’s face, if you don’t want to blame Lucic. But you cannot blame the referees.
Here’s a look at the hit again:
The league will undoubtedly review the play to determine if extra discipline is necessary. And we all know how that goes. I wouldn’t want to waste my energy guessing what Mike Murphy will review.
As for head coach Claude Julien, he said after the game he didn’t get a good look at the play yet. Maybe he should’ve made a point to see if before speaking in anticipation about questions and maybe even in advance of an opportunity to lobby for leniency of his player. All the coach offered, however, was an answer about not wanting to criticize the referees.