It is common knowledge in the hockey world that the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins do not like each other. Be it due to the fact they are in the same division, have a long history or that there is a general pugnacious aura that engulfs their matchups; there is assuredly no love lost between the two storied franchises.
If that was not enough, Milan Lucic’s latest comments may ruffle a few feathers.
The hard-nosed Bruins winner was laid out by a low hip check courtesy of Habs defenseman Alexei Emelin during the first period of Monday’s matchup. Never one to shy away from controversy, Lucic was more than happy to voice his displeasure after the game.
"Whether it's fair, legal or whatever you want to call it, if he wasn't scared, he would stand up and hit me and not go after my knees," said Lucic. "It just shows how big of a chicken he is that he needs to go down like that to take me down. It shows what kind of player he is, and on my end, you know you've got to keep your guard up at all times."
As it appeared to be a legal check, there was no penalty called on the play. As the hip check is widely regarded as a relic of a past NHL era; it appears that it was the type of hit, not the legality that drew the ire of Lucic.
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara came to the aid of Lucic, immediately going after Emelin and attempting to engage him in fisticuffs. The 6’2” Emelin was not inclined to accept the 6’9” Chara’s invitation; and Chara instead went to the penalty box alone (two minutes for roughing).
Montreal won the contest in a shootout, thus snapping Boston’s 12-game win streak.