Round 2 of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs was a barn burner all-round. Every series felt like a legitimate rivalry even though some of these teams, like the Anaheim Ducks and the LA Kings, had never met in the playoffs before. Here’s the best and worst of it. Best Series: Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens Original Six. Longstanding rivals. Good versus evil. These games had everything – the good (Carey Price and PK Subban’s performances), the bad (Thornton spraying Subban with water mid-play), and the ugly (the racist rantings of some Bruins fans). In the end, the intensity elevated...Click here to read more.
Tagged: Milan Lucic
I’m confused about the NHL quickly rescinding Milan Lucic’s game misconduct after the Canucks’ 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins. The league is apparently saying that Lucic was on a legal line change, and thus was allowed to be on the ice while the line brawl was happening. But I have a couple of issues with this. With a hat tip to the poster from HF Boards who pointed this out, first is NHL rule 70.1 which states: 70.1 Leaving the Bench – No player or goalkeeper may leave the players’ or penalty bench at any time during an altercation...Click here to read more.
In hockey, there are two types of intimidation. There’s the kind of mental intimidation a team imposes before a game — where a team knows it will win games before the puck is even dropped (The great Soviet Union teams of the 1970s and 1980s will attest). And then there’s the other, more obvious kind: physical intimidation. The Boston Bruins are the poster boys of physical intimidation. Lost in the Bruins’ steamrolling over the Sabres on Saturday night was when Ryan Miller came out of his crease to play the puck and saw Milan Lucic — all 220 pounds of...Click here to read more.