Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/11/13
Milan Lucic was still visibly steamed in the minutes after the loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. The Bruins power forward missed most of the third period after being slapped with a 10-minute misconduct at the end of the second period following an altercation with Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog. Lucic’s absence clearly didn’t help matters in a tight 2-0 loss and he harbored serious issues with the call once the game was over. Lucic seemed to be making reference to a different set of rules for the NHL’s young stars when wondering why he was hit with a misconduct for a little pushing and shoving without throwing punches. Against an ordinary NHL plumber Lucic wouldn’t expect any extra penalties in that type of exchange. Still against the second overall pick in the 2011 draft out of Sweden the B’s brutish forward knew the book would be tossed at him despite the entire sequence seemingly being started by Landeskog. “[It was] just the grab from behind and the face ...just an altercation” said Lucic when asked started things between the two players. “I bet you if I would have pushed [Patrick] Bordeleau at the end of it I don’t get ten minutes. So that’s what it is ...it is what it is.” Bordeleau of course is the 6-foot-6 player that took a run at Dennis Seidenberg in the second period and ended up dropping the gloves with Shawn Thornton in a brief uneventful fight following the body check. It seemed Landeskog had initiated the entire exchange by grabbing Lucic’s head from behind in a scrum in front of the net but then twice the Bruins power forward threw the Avs youngster to the ice. Lucic had quickly tossed his gloves to the ice looking for a fight with the 205-pound winger but Landeskog wanted no part of the fracas with one of the NHL’s most fearsome forwards. The second Lucic shove of Landeskog took place after it appeared the referees had told Lucic to cut out the shenanigans and that’s when he was hit with the 10-minute infraction. The 10-minute misconduct for Lucic arrived in addition to matching roughing calls. Bruins coach Claude Julien termed the penalty call “soft” after a game in which the refereeing crew didn’t exactly have their best night.
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