Last Friday night, the Boston Bruins were playing the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH. With about four seconds left in overtime, Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout and Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic were engaged in a physical altercation. Both players looked like they were ready to engage in a game ending fight.
If you watch the video, you can see that Lucic had grabbed Prout. The Blue Jackets defenseman saw that as an invitation and dropped the Bruins rugged forward with a sledge-hammer. Apparently, Lucic didn’t think he was going to get hit.
“It was the end of the game and I let him know that I wasn’t going to fight him,” Lucic recalled. “I wasn’t prepared and I let my guard down and that’s what happens when you let your guard down. I’ve been in over 100 fights and I never took a shot like that.
“There have been many times where I could’ve done the exact same thing, and I could’ve held off because he wouldn’t drop his gloves. I find it to be gutless and that’s my thoughts on it.”
Lucic could’ve taken the high road
These comments make Lucic appear petty and whinny. In this situation, Lucic should have just let this one go. No comment by Lucic would have worked here. Or he could have said, “Hey – Prout got me, that’s hockey.” Instead of taking the high road, Lucic comes off as being a whiner. In this case, no one is going to feel sorry for him.
Let’s be honest, Lucic is not exactly a choir boy, he’s got a history of doing questionable deeds on the ice. It’s not like Lucic holds the moral high ground here. If you don’t believe me, log on to Youtube.com and search the name Milan Lucic. There’s plenty of material to work with. You will find a few videos of Lucic’s wayward stick.
I would also imagine that Danny Dekeyser and Alexei Emelin aren’t going to feel any empathy for Lucic. I know it’s cliché, but live by the sword, die by the sword.
This is what Prout had to say about the incident.
“As soon as he grabbed me by the collar and looked away … it’s on”, Prout said. “We’re both guys who have been in altercations. It’s flipping switches. As far as I was concerned we were engaged in a fight. I have no idea what he was screaming.”
Prout had this to say about the punch in question, “Every once in a while you catch a guy on the chin like that.”
Apparently, Lucic is looking forward to the next meeting between the two teams.
“I didn’t like it,” Lucic said. “Good thing is, we get to play them two more times…and I’ll be ready.”
It will be interesting to see how this plays out, the Bruins and the Blue Jackets play two more times this season and it’s obvious that Lucic doesn’t like being shown up.
Eric is a 1996, 1999 graduate of the University of North Dakota. Eric covers the University of North Dakota Hockey and Division I college hockey. Eric is the Contributing Editor for Inside Hockey.