No suspension for Lucic after late punch at Meyer

A match penalty did not equal a suspension for Boston’s Milan Lucic for the late punch thrown at Thrashers defenseman Freddy Meyer during Thursday’s game.

With 4:06 left in the 4-1 Boston win, Meyer checked Lucic high as he entered the offensive zone. Lucic and teammate Andrew Ference immediately went after Meyer and eventually all 10 skaters were involved in fights. Four Thrashers received 39 minutes and four Bruins received 57 minutes in penalties. Lucic received a match penalty and a game misconduct.

Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued a statement Sunday saying Lucic was not suspended by the NHL for his actions but fined a total of $3,500. Chiarelli said Lucic was fined $2,500 for the punch and $1,000 for an obscene gesture directed at the Thrashers’ bench. Lucic traveled with the Bruins for Monday’s game at Florida.

According to Rule 21.1 of the NHL official rules, a match penalty “shall be imposed on any player who deliberately attempts to injure or who delibertely injures an opponent in any manner.”

“Obviously, Freddy was clearly not ready for that punch,” Eric Boulton said. “It was a cheap shot. I’ll leave it at that.”

Bryan Little was one of the Thrashers involved in the fight as he took on Marc Savard. Both were given fighting majors and game misconduct penalties.

“He was trying to get in the other fight, in the middle of it, and I was just holding him,” Little said. “He wanted to fight. He kind of wanted to. I wasn’t going to say no.”

Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said Sunday morning that he didn’t expect any of his players to be suspended for the incident. He said he expected that would not be the case for the Bruins.

The teams meet again Thursday in Atlanta.

9 comments Add your comment

AtlFlamesFan

December 26th, 2010
4:11 pm

So, the NHL is stating that if an official is holding a player, it is okay to sucker punch a guy from behind.

Absolutly horrible!

litz

December 26th, 2010
4:29 pm

This will make thursday’s game real interesting …

On one hand, you can expect the blood will be boiling …

On the other hand, you can likely expect any fights to be heavily scrutinized.

Somehow I doubt that will deter any “Round 2″ activities …

HookyBob

December 26th, 2010
4:53 pm

Move on. Let’s beat the Bruins on the scoreboard next Thursday.

I’m ready to see hard, fundementally sound hockey.

Big Daddy (formerly waffleboy)

December 26th, 2010
5:31 pm

If the league doesn’t do things to defend players, they have to defend themselves. Meyer is a marginal player, much like Boris Valabik, so the league doesn’t care. Ramsay’s smart enough to rein his guys in, but Lucic will have to answer eventually. He’s not known as a dirty player, so I get the feeling he’ll square off with Thorburn or Boulton pretty readily.

R. Stroz

December 26th, 2010
5:44 pm

Colin Campbell’s son plays for the Bruins, what did you expect? Fair and balanced?

Campbell is a disgrace to the family name and should have been fired by the NHL months ago for his prejudicial behavior.

Campbell is nearly as bad as the NBA ref betting on games he officiated.

razorneck13

December 26th, 2010
10:25 pm

I don’t know why Lucic would be the only one in question when 2-3 Bruins had Meyer locked up basically and were taking their jabs, one or two seemingly from behind. Meyer in my book got jumped, period and it was all for embarrassing Lucic. It was a pretty good hit and had it been a nano second sooner it’d been a tad lower (i.e., 100% undebatable clean legal annihilation).

Looks like a good way to build confidence after these 3 losses would be to kick the crap outta Boston at The Bulb this Thursday.

LET’S GO THRASHERS!!!

Brendan

December 26th, 2010
10:42 pm

And Ference got what? A game “misconduct.” Wow.

Cornbread

December 27th, 2010
2:51 am

Absolute BS.

sportsnut

December 29th, 2010
12:26 pm

Yes I agree with razorneck13 in regard to Lucic and I hope Atlanta wins this weekends game. I leave you with this thought about a different game, I won a free seat at the Black Jack Tournament of Champions at http://www.gameon247.com and make new friends there.