Milan Lucic fined for low blow on Danny DeKeyser

Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) battles for the puck with Detroit Red Wings defenseman...

Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) battles for the puck with Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (65) during the third period in game one of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on Apr 18, 2014 in Boston, MA, USA. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:59 PM ET

BOSTON - On one hand, Milan Lucic made his claim about not being that type of guy.

On the other, the Boston Bruins beast admitted that perhaps the occasional spear is part of his arsenal, hardly a necessary weapon for one of the better pure hitters in the NHL.

“It happens more often than not,” Lucic said on Saturday, referring to a spear to the groin of Red Wings defenceman Danny DeKeyser the previous night, an attack that made any red-blooded male squirm.

“With how much video there is today, it’s hard to get away with.”

Lucic wasn’t suspended for the play, which occurred late in the second period of the Bruins 1-0 loss to the Wings, but instead was fined a token $5,000, the equivalent of tip money for a team dinner.

The play itself spoke to the frustration the Bruins felt in slipping into an early hole in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal and to the desperation the regular-season champs may need to channel in Game 2 on Sunday afternoon.

To his credit, Lucic stood up and answered to his “crime” and apologized — sort of.

But in doing so, he couldn’t help himself and inadvertently fessed up to doing the same to Montreal’s Alexei Emelin late in the season, a charge he denied at the time.

“I never do that,” Lucic said as his half-hearted explanation for his recent fetish on targeting family jewels. “Unfortunately, I’ve done it twice in the last little bit here. I’m not going to make it a habit. I believe in playing in between the rules, the right way.

“I’ve been in the league seven years now and I’ve only done that three times.It’s one of those heat of the moment things.”

There’s little denying that Lucic plays hard. But the more cheap shots he administers, the more his reputation worsens.

Meanwhile, Bruins coach Claude Julien added a bizarre twist to the story, claiming he had yet to see video of the incident. At least Lucic wasn’t in denial.


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