- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic said Monday that he felt his reputation was the reason he was given a game misconduct and ejected from Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks after he came to the defense of a teammate.
While Shawn Thornton was getting mugged by six Vancouver players in front of the Canucks bench, Lucic was in the midst of a legal change when he eventually came off the bench to lend support to his teammate at 3:54 into regulation. Lucic was ejected from the game, but the NHL rescinded its decision almost immediately after the game because replays showed Lucic had “previously entered the ice over the boards legally to join the play.”
The loss off Lucic, and later teammate Brad Marchand due to a game misconduct for clipping in the second period, didn't help Boston in the regular-season rematch between the 2011 Stanley Cup finalists.
The Bruins were off on Sunday, but after Monday’s practice at TD Garden, Lucic spoke about the incident.
“It was difficult,” he said about the game misconduct, especially since the Bruins lost 4-3. “The toughest part about it is getting over the fact that it was a 6-on-1 and they picked me out of the group to give a penalty like that to when I was clearly on the ice.
“If you look at the video, the only reason I went back to the bench is to make sure it was a legal change, and when it was a legal change of course I’m going to get in there when it was a 6-on-1. It’s definitely a tough game to watch and tough to see the end result of it, but it’s one game and we have to find a way to put it behind us and focus on the game [Tuesday]. I guess that’s the reputation we have.”
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