November 14, 2011

Lucic dodges suspension due to lack of intent

Milan Lucic reiterated his case to the Boston media this afternoon. Then, the Bruins winger had to share it with the the NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations.

Brendan Shanahan (left) came to the conclusion that Lucic’s hit on Ryan Miller did not warrant a suspension after speaking with the 23-year-old forward via conference call.

“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 concurred with the referees’ decision to only assess Lucic with a minor penalty for charging.

“The minor penalty called on the ice was the correct call,” Shanahan said. “And, while it’s unfortunate that Miller was hurt I saw nothing egregious about this hit that would elevate it to supplemental discipline.”

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli weighed in on the non-suspension and Lucic’s decision to bite his tongue after Miller threw some harsh verbal jabs his way after Saturday’s game.

“We are satisfied with the NHL’s announcement that there will be no suspension or fine for Milan, and we respect the process that the League took to reach this decision,” Chiarelli said. “I am also proud that Milan took the high road, and chose not to engage in an exchange of words after the unfortunate comments that were made about him following the game.”