Lucic will likely be back

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:45 PM ET

MONTREAL -- The betting is the Boston Bruins will have forward Milan Lucic in the lineup for Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night.

Lucic was kicked out of the Habs' Game 6 win for boarding Montreal defenceman Jaroslav Spacek and the Habs scored the winner during Lucic's major.

It's likely the game misconduct, which came at 4:27 of the second period, will serve as enough of a penalty. Spacek was left stunned and bleeding after the hit, but returned to the game.

"I didn't really see him coming from the back side," said Spacek. "If I could turn, I could probably see him and it would be different stuff. I could protect myself a little better. I tried to dump the puck back in and he was coming from my backside. I didn't see him at all.

Spacek expects to play in Game 7.

"It's a part of the game. You expect to get hurt. Stitches is nothing too serious. I should be OK," he said. "This is the playoffs. You have to suck it up."

That said, the hit didn't sit well with Montreal winger Mike Cammalleri.

"We have to do our best to get these dangerous-type hits where players are vulnerable out of our game. I think we have an exciting enough game as it is. There's enough physical contact as it is," he said. "Injuries will be incurred in our sport because of the speed of our game. I'd like to see some of these vulnerable hits be nullified and I think the league is really heading in the right direction with that stuff."

The Bruins pleaded ignorance.

"I didn't see the hit but the referee made a call so we have to go with it," said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.


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