BOSTON — Much to the chagrin of my new-found Vancouver readers who were all in a tizzy when they watched Mark Recchi and Milan Lucic both wave their fingers at Vancouver biter Alex Burrows, head coach Claude Julien didn’t condone the actions of his players.
After his team’s morning skate, Julien said he wouldn’t “accept” those types of action when asked about Maxim Lapierre taunting Patrice Bergeron during Game 2.
During the Bruins’ 8-1 win tonight in Game 3 tonight at TD Garden, Recchi and Lucic both threw their fingers in Burrows’ face during scrums. After the game, there was scrum between Julien and his players.
“Well, I’ll tell you what. I said this morning that I wouldn’t accept it on our team. It happened a couple of times tonight. They’ve been told that I don’t want any of that stuff,” said the coach. “You know, like I said, you got to live by your words. It was disappointing for me to see that happen after what I said this morning. But part of it is my fault for not bringing it up to the guys. They did it. Emotions got the better of them. I’m going to stand here and say I’m not accepting it. The guys have been told.
“I don’t want that stuff in our game. I think we have to be better than that. Emotions are running high. It was a very physical game. There was a lot of stuff going on. You can live with that kind of stuff. But the other stuff, as you mentioned, I don’t want to see.”
Recchi acknowledged that he took some heat for his actions.
“I got in trouble for that. Coach gave me heck for that (laughter),” he admitted. “We didn’t know this morning that he said something. You know, it’s emotional out there. But it won’t happen again. You know, it’s an emotional game. You get involved. Obviously when it happens to one of your teammates, they kind of mock you a little bit, when it happened in Game 1, it was a little bit — you know, it’s a little bit of frustration on our part. It is what it is, and we’ll forget about it and get ready for the next game, so …”
Added Lucic: “Obviously he talked about it this morning and he doesn’t like that kind of stuff. You agree with it and it’s just something that happens in the heat of the moment. He definitely gave me some heat about it, and I agree with him. It’s not the type of team we are to do things like that. It’s not the type of player I am to do things like that, and stoop to that level. We’re a classy team and we want to remain that way.”
So unlike Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault, who claimed to have not seen his player’s taunting, Julien not only saw it he took care of it. And while Burrows still claims there was no bite, Lucic and Recchi fessed up to their actions.
Luckily, we all still got a good laugh out of the extra entertainment.