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. (more…)