NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan today announced he would not be giving Milan Lucic any supplemental discipline for his hit on Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller in Saturday night’s Bruins win.
Shanahan had Lucic on the phone for an afternoon hearing.
“I had the hearing because I did make an initial assessment of the play as I do with all plays, but I did have some questions for Milan and I wanted to hear directly from him,” Shanahan told NHL.com. “They were regarding his intent; at what point did he know there was going to be a collision; and whether or not he felt he had the time to avoid the collision. I was satisfied with his answers.”
Shanahan continued: “The minor penalty called on the ice was the correct call. And, while it’s unfortunate that Miller was hurt I saw nothing egregious about this hit that would elevate it to supplemental discipline.”
This afternoon after practice in Wilmingon, Mass., Lucic again reiterated his point of view on the play.
“It’s the same thing as I explained after the game. I blocked a shot and I pushed the puck a little too far ahead of me,” said Lucic. “At first I was skating as hard as I could after the puck and I looked up and he was still in his net. And when I looked down at the puck, I was continuing on and the next thing I look up and he’s coming out full speed at me. Obviously it was a hard collision and I didn’t everything I could just to brace myself. Like he said, I have 50 pounds on him. So that’s probably why he might’ve got the worst of it. Even if you look at the video, I was cringing after the play too because I was winded, because it was such a hard collision. He got a good piece of me as well and that’s pretty much it.”
You can read more about Lucic’s comments in my NHL.com story.