BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been suspended for one game by the NHL for his hit-from-behind on Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo on Saturday.
Lucic hit Rinaldo in the second period of Saturday’s 6-0 Bruins win, and was given a major penalty and ejected. Rinaldo got up and started a fight with Boston’s Nathan Horton after the hit.
Lucic had a phone hearing with Lucic NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan Monday morning. Shanahan explained the suspension in a video on NHL.com, and said the Lucic’s history played a factor in determining his punishment.
“The overriding factor in elevating this check from behind to a penalty on ice to a suspension is his history of similar infractions, warnings, and a fine,” said Shanahan.
This is the second time the 23-year-old Lucic has been suspended in his career. He was also hit for a one-game ban during the first round of the 2009 NHL playoffs for a cross-check to the head of Montreal’s Maxim Lapierre.
Lucic had a hearing with Shanahan last month after his hit on Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. He did not receive a fine or suspension for that play.
In 31 games this season, Lucic has 11 goals and 13 assists. He leads to team with 63 penalty minutes.
The Bruins host the Canadiens at the TD Garden Monday night.
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